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


On the trail for the 2016 First Day Hike. Photo by Kelli Bruns

On the trail for the 2016 First Day Hike. Photo by Kelli Bruns

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 Park Naturalist Kathleen Harris and the Friends of Peninsula State Park.

Be part of a nation-wide initiative celebrating state parks! After hearing five-minute updates about Eagle Tower and the Nature Center addition, join Peninsula Park’s Naturalist Kathleen Harris for a brisk wellness walk. This classic nature walk features people who once lived near the park entrance: the Dyer sisters, Lettie Doolittle, the boy who watered horses, the beekeeper and the Carlson boys. Learn to ID a few trees, too.

Depending on weather and trail conditions, Peninsula’s First Day Hike will be twenty to sixty minutes, and 1-3 miles. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa inside Weborg Shelter. Dress for the weather! Supported by Friend of Peninsula State Park.

Children are welcome, with adult supervision, but pets are not allowed. Meet at Weborg Shelter at 10 AM on January 1st. 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.

The First Day Hike is part of a national effort used to showcase Wisconsin State Parks as critical places for connecting people to nature and promoting year-round recreation.

This year will be the sixth time Peninsula State Park has participated in America’s State Parks’ First Day Hikes. Last year people in all 50 states participated in 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.