Join hikers across the nation for First Day Hikes


First Day Hikes' participants. Photo by vastateparksstaff, Flickr.
First Day Hikes’ participants. Photo by vastateparksstaff, Flickr.

On January 1, outdoor enthusiasts across the nation will participate in the annual First Day Hikes event.

For this event, people meet at designated nature areas at set times on the first day of the new year to go for a hike.  The idea is to promote exercise and nature appreciation for the upcoming year.

In Iowa, the hikes will take place at Big Creek State Park (Polk County), Walnut Woods State Park (Polk County), Mines of Spain State Recreation area (Dubuque County) and Brushy Creek State Recreation Area (Webster County).

For more information, check out the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ website here.

Iowans participate in First Day Hikes


Hiking in Iowa's Backbone State Park. Photo by djblock99, Flickr

To ring in the New Year America’s State Parks organized guided First Day Hikes in all 50 states on January 1.

According to an Iowa DNR press release, 111 Iowans participated in the event, meeting at Walnut Woods, Dolliver Memorial, or Mines of Spain state parks.

In total, more than 14,000 people participated in the First Day Hikes across the nation.

Of course, hiking is not restricted to January 1st.

The hiking website Tripleblaze lists the top 35 trails in Iowa based on popularity – Big Woods Trails in Cedar Falls topped the list.

Read the full Iowa DNR press release on First Day Hikes here.

Browse Iowa DNR’s list of Iowa’s state parks here.