Peninsula State Park Celebrates the New Year with a First Day Hike

Participants at the 2015 First Day Hike.

Participants at the 2015 First Day Hike.

On January 1, Peninsula State Park will sponsor a First Day Hike, offering visitors the opportunity to start the year off with a family friendly trek led by Friends of Peninsula State Park and Volunteer Master Naturalist Jan Mills. Chris Holicek, president of the Friends, says, “Think of it as the start of a new and healthy lifestyle, for the whole family.”

First Day hikers will meet at the Weborg picnic shelter, at 10 AM on January 1. They will walk an easy one to three mile route along the Sunset bike trail and Weborg Marsh. The event will conclude about noon, after hikers have warmed up in the shelter with hot chocolate and cookies.

Children are welcome, with adult supervision, but pets are not allowed. Participants are advised to bring a water bottle, binoculars, field guides, and to dress for the weather, with hiking boots or snowshoes. A state park vehicle sticker is required. This is a great time to purchase a 2016 Wisconsin State Park Sticker for the upcoming season.

“We are excited to host a First Day Hike as part of the national effort to showcase Wisconsin State Parks as critical places for connecting people to nature, promoting year-round recreation and fostering healthy outdoor lifestyles,” says Kelli Bruns, Peninsula State Park Superintendent.

This year will be the fifth time Peninsula State Park has participated in America’s State Parks’ First Day Hikes. On January 1, 2015, Peninsula State Park had 65 people that hiked a total of 195 miles. People in all 50 states participated in the First Day Hikes nationwide.

For cancellation information, please call the park office (920) 868-3258, or refer to the Friends of Peninsula State Park web page.