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(Neb)-Thre "First Day Hikes" In The Panhandle

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/31/2018 11:08 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - More than a dozen Nebraska state park areas are taking part in the First Day Hike Program and offering guided hikes to visitors on New Year's Day.

     There are 3 in the Panhandle - Chadron State Park, Ash Hollow State Historical Park, and the Wildcat Hills Recreation Area..

      Up first among the 3 is Ash Hollow, south of Lewellen, starting at 10:00. After the 3-mile hike, the Friends of Ash Hollow will provide a soup lunch at the park shop.

      The Chadron State Park hike begins at 11:00 at the Sawmill Shelter and will go one mile on the Steamboat Trail.

   The Wildcat Hills hike starts at 1:30 at the Nature Center south of Gering and runs a mile on the Nature Trail with hot chocolate and cookies afterward.

       .All ages are welcome for all 3 hikes, but due to the terrain, strollers are not permitted for any of them. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and bring drinking water and snacks.

      Pets are welcome on most of the hikes, but must be on a leash no more than 6 feet long. 2019 park entry permits are required.

     Part of a larger effort of the America's State Parks alliance, First Day Hikes are a great way to get outside, enjoy nature, exercise and enjoy time with friends and family. The hikes are 1-3 miles with varying degrees of difficulty.


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