Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike on Jan. 1

You'll definitely want to wear shoes for the First Day Hike!

Usher in the New Year with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs.

First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2013 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends. The family-friendly, guided hikes are organized by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with America’s State Parks.

According to America’s State Parks, more than 500 First Day Hikes will be held in all 50 states in 2013. First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass. The program was launched to foster healthy lifestyles and promote year-round recreation at state parks.

The Indiana Dunes hikers will meet at 10 a.m. CST outside the nature center  of Indiana Dunes State Park for a moderate hike on Trail 9 to the Beach House Blowout and back.

Details about additional hike locations, difficulty, length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website.

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