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Minnesota State Parks host First Day Hikes

Gooseberry Falls
Gooseberry Falls
Chuck Kochmann

20 years ago, Massachusetts began hosting First Day Hikes to promote both health and their state park system. Now a national project through America's State Parks, state parks across the country will host hikes on New Year's Day. Since the snow is running late this year, January 1st looks like a good day to lace up your boots and hit the trail.

Most Minnesota State Parks have little or no snow (and pretty mild temperatures) so your favorite park is open for some time on the trail. For First Hikes, three parks are hosting free guided walks. Fort Snelling, Wild River, and Gooseberry state parks will all have naturalist-led hikes in the afternoon. The hikes are free (a state park parking permit is still required) and should Mother Nature decide to bring snow, just bring your snowshoes!

Happy New Year!

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