Kings Gap Program Coordinator, Gina Padilla announced today, Dec. 23 that the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center will offer a free “First Day Hike” on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The “First Day Hike” was introduced in 2012, organized by the National Association of State Park Directors, to promote healthy lifestyles throughout the year.
“First Day Hikes” are a nationwide event, with state parks in all 50 states participating. The two mile hike at Kings Gap will being at 1:30 pm and run until 3 pm. The hike is on fairly level trails in Pine Plantation and trekking poles will be available. It is recommended that participants wear waterproof footgear and all are expected to meet in the Pine Plantation parking lot.
For those who aren’t close to Kings Gap you can still find an event, as 18 other Pennsylvania state parks will also offer these free guided hikes. For more information about the Kings Gap “First Day Hike,” or a hike event in your area, please visit PA Parks. In case of inclement weather, event information will be posted at DNCR. Accommodations for people with disabilities are available and arrangements are to be made directly with the Pennsylvania state park that you plan to visit.
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