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Usher in 2024 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks and lakes.Hikers

First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start the new year. They offer a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature, and connect with friends. Find one near you at

The hikes are organized by Indiana State Parks in cooperation with America’s State Parks. First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to foster healthy lifestyles and promote year-round recreation at state parks. For more information, visit America’s State Parks website at 

Locally, Lincoln State Park will be hosting a First Day Hike. You can go to the Nature Center at Noon CT for a 2-mile hike around Lake Lincoln. Patoka Lake will also be hosting a First Day Hike. Meet at the Nature Center at Noon ET for a hike of Trail 4, along which you will learn about prescribed burns. Hot chocolate will be available afterward, and a drawing for a 2024 annual entrance pass will take place.

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