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(Neb)-First Day Hikes At Chadron State Park And Wildcat Hills  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/01/2017 12:44 AM
CHADRON - Those looking to start the New Year by enjoying the Great Outdoors and getting in a little exercise have some options today with 5 First Day Hikes within about 100 miles of Chadron, including one at Chadron State Park.

      First Day Hikes is a nationwide initiative led by America's State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. Hikes are offered in all 50 states and last year nearly 28,000 people collectively hiked over 66,000 miles throughout the country on New Year's Day...including at Chadron State Park.
     
      Dawes and SIoux County Tourism Director Kristina Harter says this year's hike begins at 1:00 at the Sawmill Shelter on the west side of the park.
 
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To the southwest, the Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering is holding at First Day Hike at 1:30. It's described as a moderate and informative nature hike of just under 6-10ths of a mile. There is no minimum age, but children will either have to walk or be carried with no strollers allowed.

     The hikes at Chadron State Park and the Wildcats Hills are both free, but a state park entry permit is required.

     Other First Day Hikes not too far away include one at Wyoming's Guernsey State Park and two in the Black Hills...10:00 am at Custer State Park and a snowshoe hike at 1:00 on the George S Mickelson Trail that start at 1:00 at the Englewood Trailhead but requires pre-registration.

       Originally, a First Day Bird Watcher's Hike was planned for the Angostura Reservoir Recreation Area south of Hot Springs, but it's been cancelled.


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