Make A New Year's Resolution To Explore Outdoor Michigan This Winter

Join Vermont State Parks for fun guided First Day Hikes

Make A New Year's Resolution To Explore Outdoor Michigan This Winter

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages residents to shift their plans for the coming year into high gear with a few ideas for inspired outdoor fun.

State parks across America are offering free first hikes on New Year's Day.

Hikers can see incredible geological formations at Natural Bridge and Natural Tunnel state parks, and bison at Wilderness Road State Park.

The 22nd annual Polar Bikers Ride scheduled for Monday on New Year's Day has been postponed because of road conditions and frigid temperatures.

Most states boast multiple day hike opportunities at different state parks. During the January 1, 2017 event, 55,000 people hiked more than 133,000 miles in events held in all 50 states.

The hikes are led by state park guides and volunteers. After the hike, celebrate with hot cocoa, coffee, and snacks.

First Day Hikes originated more than 25 years ago. Experience exciting cities, explore pristine forests and visit charming towns all across the state. Meet at 2 the Refectory.

If you go on any of these hikes, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

Pikes Peak State Park, Clayton County. The hike will start at approximately 2 p.m.

"We've grown steadily each year", he said. This hike is considered moderate in difficulty and may be a little slippery depending on the weather.

Check out a map showing hike locations and details, along with a master list of events across the state. Two events are close by.

The First Day Hikes originated in 1992 at the Blue Hills Reservation State Park in Milton, Mass. Make an "adventure resolution" and commit to exploring Michigan's great outdoors this year with a "Shoe Year's" hike, cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking or the many other ways to relish winter. She says the idea is to stay active during what you might otherwise describe as the dead of winter.

For the cave tours, you can reserve a spot or wing it. Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 16 south of Wykoff, go 4 miles south on Co. Hwy. Contact Bob Storlie for more information at 507-937-3251 or 507-352-5111, or by email at

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