First, Kensington Metropark in Southeast Michigan announced cross-country ski lessons this month and next. Now, the state's Cheboygan State Park is getting into the act with a nighttime cross-country and hiking event on Jan. 26.
Cheboygan State Park will offer an evening of lantern-lit cross country-skiing and hiking from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. The event will begin at the park trailhead located off Seffern Road, where skiers will find approximately 1.8 miles of groomed and track-set trails lit by lanterns spaced 50 feet apart. Snowshoers and hikers also are welcome to participate, but are asked to keep to one side of the groomed ski tracks.
The event is being hosted by the Cheboygan Yacht Club. Visitors can enjoy a bonfire at the trailhead before starting out. A second bonfire with snacks and hot chocolate will be awaiting participants at the Fourteen Foot Shoals cabin located at the halfway point on the trail.
The event is of course, weather permitting. Call the park at 231-627-2811 to confirm there is adequate snow for skiing and hiking. Cheboygan State Park is located at 4490 Beach Road, two miles southeast of Cheboygan on US-23.
More outdoor fun and exercise is available through the DNR's Recreation 101 program, which provides expert instruction to budding outdoor enthusiasts by offering free, hands-on training in over 100 different activities. Learn about participating or becoming an instructor, at www.michigan.gov/rec101. The DNR also offers ongoing nature programming; check out the schedule at www.michigan.gov/natureprograms.