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First Day Hike
January 1 @ 1 PM
Wild River State Park

With “First Day” events scheduled in all 50 states, state parks are encouraging Americans to start the New Year off right by getting outside with family and friends on Jan. 1.

Minnesota State Parks and Trails Director Courtland Nelson invites Minnesotans to participate in the national effort at Wild River State Park north of Almelund (about an hour north of the Twin Cities) for a “First Day Hike, Ski, and Snowshoe” event from 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 1. 

“What better way to kick off the New Year than with a hike, ski or snowshoe at a state park?” said Ruth Coleman, president of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD).  “Think of it as the start of a new and healthy lifestyle for the whole family. Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, join us at one of America’s state parks on New Year’s Day.”  

“Studies have proven that getting outdoors is one good way to relax and recharge the body, mind and spirit,” said Phil McNelly, NASPD’s executive director. “We hope that hiking along a trail in a state park will become part of an individual’s or family’s regular exercise routine.”

Minnesota state parks boast a variety of beautiful settings for year-round outdoor recreation. There is a state park within 30 miles of just about any state resident. This event will offer an opportunity to explore the unique natural and cultural treasures in the St. Croix Valley.

Hikers, skiers and snowshoers will meet at 1 p.m. at the Wild River State Park Trail Center. From there, participants will embark on a leisurely trek over the prairie, through the woods, or along the beautiful St. Croix River. Guided options will include a two-mile walk to the Visitor Center and back, an easy one-mile ski through Amador Prairie, and a three-mile moderate snowshoe hike to the St. Croix River and back. Visitors are also welcome to make their own tracks with family and friends.

Skis and snowshoes are available to rent at the park, or participants can bring their own.

(Photos below are from the 2012 outing)


Friends Mission Statement:

Friends of Wild River State Park is a community organization devoted to preserving and enhancing the experience of Wild River State Park. Through various activities and efforts we seek to sustain the natural beauty and ecology of the park, support interpretive and environmental education programs of the park, augment the work of the park staff through recommendations for activities and improvements and increase local interest and utilization of the park facilities.


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