First Day hikes still a go on New Years Day, despite the weather.

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First Day hikes at Indiana State Parks are still a go on New Years Day, despite the weather.

Events are taking place on Jan. 1 at each of 32 Indiana State Park properties. But there will

Some changes:

The hike at Falls of the Ohio State Park will be either on the Woodland Trail or at another location because the ice on the fossil beds may be treacherous.

The Versailles State Park hike will be about a mile instead of the originally planned 4 miles.
Indiana Dunes State Park is still doing the 3-Dune Challenge hike, but will also offer a shorter hike at the same time.

Spring Mill State Park’s hike will be a mile instead of 2.5 miles, but will still be rugged.

Brookville Lake’s hike will remain the same, but the trivia hike at nearby Whitewater Memorial State Park will be a half-mile instead of the originally planned 2.5 miles.

be a few adjustments.

“We encourage people to wear layers, cover hands, heads and cheeks, and join us for a ‘brisk’ walk,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for the Division of State Parks. “Some properties are changing the lengths of their hikes to shorten the time exposed to the cold, but people can certainly continue to hike longer on their own if they choose.”

More information on First Day events in Indiana, including other last-minute changes, see the DNR calendar at or check the Facebook page of the property you plan to visit.


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