Go Take a Hike!

This coming Sunday, January 1, is the perfect opportunity to get outside and go take a hike … literally! Start the new year outdoors taking in the scenery, the winter wildlife, and the crisp, cool fresh air with a guided hike in one of Iowa’s state parks. New Year’s Day 2017 marks the sixth annual celebration of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative, encouraging all of us to get outside and explore the wonderful parks around us in a wintery setting.

Twenty-five different parks across the state of Iowa will be hosting free guided First Day Hikes this year on January 1, 2017. The DNR’s First Day Hikes webpage provides further details including times and meeting locations for each of the hikes. The guided hikes are typically 1-2 miles in length.


Iowa’s many state parks, recreation areas, and forests are true gems – offering an abundance of outdoor activities ranging from camping to canoeing, fishing, swimming, wildlife, and hiking galore (my personal favorite!). I love how these natural areas showcase Iowa’s changing beauty with the changing seasons of the year.

So gather your family, your friends, and/or your dog for a New Year’s Day outdoor adventure … and go take a hike!

Ann Staudt