Usher in 2016 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered New Year’s Day at Indiana’s state parks and other properties.
The hikes are a healthy way to start 2016 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The department’s Division of State Parks plans to conduct 32 First Day events throughout the state.
Locally, there will be a hike at 11 a.m. at Hardy Lake in Scott County. Participants will meet at the main trailhead across from the beach access road for a hike to The Island. The hike is three miles long and moderately rugged.
There also will be a trail run/walk at 3:30 p.m. at Fairfax State Recreation Area at Lake Monroe near Bloomington. The non-competitive (untimed) trail run/walk will take participants through forest and field. There will be 4-mile and 1.5-mile courses. Information can be found at mag7raceseries.com.