Oklahoma December 31, 2019
Enjoy A New Year’s Day Hike At One Of These Oklahoma State Parks
Ready to start reaching those new fitness goals? One of the best ways to get in exercise and have fun is hiking. On New Year’s Day, several Oklahoma state parks are hosting guided hikes as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative that takes place in all 50 states. This fun event encourages individuals and families to stay active with a hike outdoors. Check out 10 participating state parks below. All hikes are free of charge and take place on January 1, 2020, at different times.
1. Alabaster Caverns State Park, Freedom
Meet at the park office at 10 a.m. for an easy 1/2-mile hike. Dogs are allowed on a leash and the hike is open to all ages.
2. Roman Nose State Park, Watonga
The hike starts at the Lodge at noon for a moderate to strenuous three-mile (round trip) hike to Inspiration Point. The minimum age for kids to participate is 10 years old. Pets are allowed on a leash.
3. Grand Lake State Park - Bernice
Meet at 11 a.m. at the Nature Center for an easy, one-mile hike along the paved Heart Healthy Trail. Kids of all ages welcome.
4. Keystone State Park, Sand Springs
Two hikes are offered on January 1 at Keystone State Park. Meet at the park office at 12:01 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. for an easy, 1.25-mile hike along the Rangers Pass trail. The hike is open to all ages. Pets are allowed on a leash.
5. Osage Hills State Park, Pawhuska
For an easy hike, meet at 12 a.m. at the ballpark to hike the Creek Loop Trail or for a moderate hike, meet there at 1 p.m. for an enjoyable hike along the Lake Loop Trail. Pets are allowed on a leash and children of all ages are welcome.
6. Lake Murray State Park, Ardmore
Come to the Nature Center at 11 a.m. for a moderate, one-mile hike along the Nature Center Loop. The first quarter-mile is paved and will include a walk along the new fishing pier. The second half of the trail is along the lake shoreline and into the mixed forested area of the park.
7. Foss State Park, Foss
The meeting location is at the enclosed Cedar Point shelter above the marina at 2:00 p.m. This moderate hike is 2 miles long on the Great Western Trail.
8. Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton
Choose an easy hike along the one-mile Outdoor Classroom Trail, or go for a moderate to strenuous 2-hour hike along the three-mile Mountain Trail. Both hiking groups will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Community Room #1. Pets are allowed on leashes and children of all ages are welcome.
9. Lake Eufaula State Park, Checotah
Meet at the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. for a 1.5-mile hike on the Chinkapin Trail. The hike is rated easy and is open to all ages. Pets are welcome on leashes.
10. Greenleaf State Park, Braggs
Show up at the Park Office at 10 a.m. and enjoy an easy hike on Family Fun Trail. The hike is one-mile on a paved path for perfect for the whole family. Pets are allowed on leashes.
Click here to view the comprehensive list of state parks participating in America’s State Parks First Day Hikes.
Interested in learning more about the Alabaster Caverns?
Click here to read our previous article where we highlight the largest natural gypsum cave in the world open to the public.
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