In keeping with an annual tradition, Oklahoma State Parks will again host First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, 2019.
OKLAHOMA CITY — In keeping with an annual tradition, Oklahoma State Parks will again host First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, 2019. The free, guided hikes present an opportunity to begin the New Year on a healthy perspective by getting outdoors, connecting with nature and promoting year-round recreation.
“Our Oklahoma State Parks are the perfect resource for outdoor recreation for visitors of all ages,” said Kris Marek, Director of State Parks. “And for 2019, we’re excited to have designated Heart Healthy Trails at some of the state parks for our New Year’s Day hikes. We encourage guests to visit a state park year-round for not only physical, but mental health and wellness.”
Twenty state parks will host hikes on New Year’s Day. Park staff and volunteers will lead the free hikes. For information on the individual parks, visit TravelOK.com.
First Day Hikes will be held in the following Oklahoma State Parks:
In southeastern Oklahoma:
Arrowhead State Park on Lake Eufaula, Canadian: Meet at the park office at 10 a.m. for a moderate 1/2-mile hike on the Trivia Trail. 918-339-2204
Beavers Bend State Park, Broken Bow: Meet at 11 a.m. at the Forest Heritage Center for an easy 1-mile hike along the Forest Heritage Center Tree Trail. 580-494-6300
Lake Eufaula State Park, Eufaula: Meet at 11 a.m. at the Deep Fork Nature Center for a moderate 3/4-mile hike on the Crazy Snake Trail. 918-689-5311
Lake Wister State Park, Wister: Meet at 1 p.m. at the Ward’s Landing Shelter for a moderate 1-mile hike along the Ward’s Landing Heart Healthy Trail. 918-655-7212
Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton: Two separate hikes will be held simultaneously. Meet at the Butterfield Room at the Belle Starr View Lodge at 9:30 a.m. and choose from two different hikes. The Mountain Trail hike is a moderate-to-strenuous trail that is 3 miles long and will take approximately 2 hours to complete. The Outdoor Classroom hike is 1 mile in length and will take approximately 45 minutes. 918-465-2565
McGee Creek State Park, Atoka: Meet at 1 p.m. at T-Hill in the park for a 1.4-mile easy walk through the Potapo Campground. 580-889-5822
In southern and central Oklahoma:
Lake Murray State Park, Ardmore: Meet at the Nature Center at 11 a.m. for an easy to moderate 1.5-mile hike along the Nature Center Loop. 580-223-4044
Lake Thunderbird State Park, Norman: Meet at 11 a.m. at the Discovery Cove Nature Center for three different hikes. The first will take guests on the Nature Trail, while the second will take guests on a paved, accessible trail. The third hike is across the dam. 405-360-3572.
In western Oklahoma:
Alabaster Caverns State Park, Freedom: Meet at the park office at 9 a.m. for an easy 3/4-mile hike on the cavern trail. 580-621-3381
Boiling Springs State Park, Woodward: Meet at 2 p.m. at the trailhead of the Scout Trail for a moderate 1-mile hike. 580-256-7664
Fort Cobb State Park, Fort Cobb: Meet at 1 p.m. at the Eagles’ Nest Pavilion, CS2530 and Eagle View Road for a moderate 3-mile hike on the Western Oaks Heart Healthy Trail. 405-643-2249
Foss State Park, Foss: Meet at the enclosed shelter above the marina at 2 p.m. for a moderate 2-mile hike on the Heart Healthy Trail. 580-592-4433
Roman Nose State Park-Watonga: Meet at noon in the lodge lobby for a moderate 3-mile hike to Inspiration Point. 800-892-8690.
In northeastern Oklahoma:
Keystone State Park, Mannford: Meet at the park office. The first hike begins at 12:01 a.m. and the second begins at 11 a.m. The moderate 1.25-mile hike will be held on the Rangers Pass Trail. Afterwards, hikers can enjoy coffee and hot chocolate. 918-865-4991
Osage Hills State Park, Pawhuska: Meet at the ball field at midnight for the first hike. A second hike will be held at 1 p.m. The easy 1-mile hikes will be along the Creek Loop Trail. 918-336-5635
Grand Lake State Park, Bernice: Meet at 11 a.m. at the Nature Center for an easy 1-mile hike along the paved Heart Healthy trail. 918-257-8330.
Grand Lake State Park — Grand Cherokee Golf Course, Langley: Meet at noon at the pro shop for an easy 2.2-mile walk along the paved cart path. 918-435-8727
Natural Falls State Park, West Siloam Springs: Meet at the park office at 1 p.m. for a 1/2-mile hike along the Dripping Springs Trail. Sections of the trail are moderate to difficult. 918-422-5802.
Greenleaf State Park, Braggs: Meet at 10 a.m. at the gazebo by the Kid’s Fishing Pond for an easy 1.25-mile hike along the paved Family Fun trail. 918-487-5196.
Sequoyah State Park, Hulbert: Meet at 1 p.m. at the Three Forks Nature Center for a 2-mile hike along the Fossil Trail. The path is moderate with a rocky terrain. Following the hike, participants are invited to enjoy refreshments at Three Forks Nature Center. Bring your own mug and help us to reduce waste! 918-772-2108.
Hikers should remember to wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing; and don’t forget water and snacks. Pets on leash are welcome at some parks, but not all. Participating Oklahoma State Parks are offering hot chocolate and warm beverages after completion of the hikes and encourage visitors to stay and explore other areas or enjoy the quiet beauty of the parks in the wintertime.
***In the event of inclement weather, information about cancellation of hikes will be available by calling the state park listed or check our Oklahoma State Parks page on Facebook at Facebook.com/OklahomaStateParks.