First Day Hikes in Southeast Arkansas

First-Day-Hike 2018

Start your new year off with a trek through the beautiful landscape of one of Southeast Arkansas’ three state parks. Cane Creek, Lake Chicot, and Moro state parks along with other Arkansas state parks will join America’s State Parks’ nationwide invitation to enjoy First Day Hikes by offering individuals and families the opportunity to begin the new year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1.

First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The initiative targeted the first of January — the start of a new year — to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and the year-round recreation that can be experienced locally in state parks. Through the years, other states joined this health initiative by also offering First Day Hikes and other outdoor recreation programs on New Year’s Day.

Guided First Day Hikes in Southeast Arkansas:

• Cane Creek State Park (Star City) — Delta View Trail
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Visitor Center

Join a park interpreter for a leisurely stroll through the park’s 2.5 mile Delta View Trail. Enjoy the wonder of nature while joining in group discussions ranging from songbirds to winter wildflowers. After the hike a roaring fire, hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks await you. Some binoculars and field guides will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

• Lake Chicot State Park (Lake Village) — Delta Woodlands Hike
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Join a park interpreter for a guided hike along the Delta Woodlands Nature Trail and experience the sights and sounds of nature. Visitors will also learn about the positive and negative effects we have on nature. Cameras, field guides, and binoculars are welcome as we experience the nature at Lake Chicot State Park while enjoying a leisurely walk along the trail.

• Lake Chicot State Park (Lake Village) — Lakeshore Hike
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Meeting Place: Behind Campsite 127
Admission: Free

Start your New Year off right, with a relaxing stroll along the lake shore. Join a park interpreter to search for local wildlife and learn about local history directly relating to Lake Chicot State Park. This is a good time for picture taking and wildlife viewing; so field guides, binoculars, and cameras are welcome.

• Moro Bay State Park (Jersey) — Deer Run Trail
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Meeting Place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Enjoy this 3/8 of a mile trail where white-tailed deer and other wildlife are seen regularly. Contact the park for more information at (870) 463-8555.

For additional information about First Day Hikes in Arkansas’s state parks, visit http://ArkansasStateParks.com.

 

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