Start 2017 off right with Iowa's First Day Hikes

By Kerri Sorrell on December 27, 2016 in Blog


Iowa First Day Hikes

Photo by Tim Wilson via Flickr Creative Commons

Start the new year on the right foot: Iowa State Parks is sponsoring free, guided hikes in 26 state parks and natural areas on New Year's Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

First Day Hikes is a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Not to mention, Iowa's state parks boast a variety of beautiful settings for year-round outdoor recreation. Hiking is the perfect opportunity to explore the unique natural and cultural treasures close to home.

Staff and volunteers will lead hikes in 26 state parks and recreation areas across the state. Routes will average one to two miles, and times vary by location. The following parks are participating:

Northwest Iowa

  • Gitchie Manitou State Preserve - 1 p.m.
  • McIntosh Woods State Park - 1 p.m.
  • Brushy Creek State Rec Area - 11 a.m.
  • Dolliver Memorial State Park  - 9:30 a.m.
  • Stone State Park - 10:30 a.m.
  • Lewis and Clark State Park - 9 a.m.
  • Ledges State Park - 11 a.m.
  • Springbrook State Park (CEC) - 10 a.m.
  • Prairie Rose State Park - 5:30 p.m.

Southwest Iowa

  • Wilson Island State Rec Area - 1 p.m.
  • Waubonsie State Park - 1 p.m.
  • Lake Anita State park - 9 a.m.
  • Green Valley State Park - 10 a.m.

Southeast Iowa

  • Walnut Woods State Park - 9 a.m.
  • Honey Creek State Park - 1 p.m.
  • Lacey-Keosauqua State Park - 10 a.m.
  • Lake Darling State Park - 10 a.m.

Northeast Iowa

  • Lake Macbride State Park - 1 p.m.
  • Pleasant Creek State Rec Area - 10 a.m.
  • Maquoketa Caves State Park - 1 p.m.
  • Mines of Spain State Rec Area - 1 p.m.
  • Cedar Rock State Park - 1 p.m.
  • Pine Lake State Park - 9 a.m.
  • Pikes Peak State Park - 1 p.m.
  • Yellow River State Forest - 10 a.m.
  • Volga River State - 1 p.m.

Find detailed information about meeting place and time for each hike listed.

To see a comprehensive map of First Day Hikes across the country, visit here.