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Kansas State Park First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes

The guided First Day Hike is part of a program sponsored by America’s State Parks. The First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on New Year’s Day at your State Park. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome New Year with friends and family. There are hundreds of scheduled First Day Hikes across the United States. More information about the First Day Hike program and other hikes around the United States visit, http://naspd.org.

Clinton State Park

Date: January 1, 2015

Time of Event: 12 P.M.

Trail: North Shores Trail

Meeting Location: Park Office

Details: Warm clothing, good boots, water, trail moderate in difficulty, 2 miles in length

Restrictions: 8 yrs old or older, pets leashed

Cancellation Information: If there is snow or ice the hike will be moved to an easier trail. For recorded cancellation information, participates can call 785-842-8562

Contact: Clinton State Park office 785-842-8562 or Email Clinton State Park


Elk City State Park

Date: January 1, 2015

Time of Event: 1 P.M.

Trail: South Squaw Trail

Meeting Location: Day use area parking area

Details: Dress warm and bring a camera for wildlife pictures. The paved trail runs along Elk City Reservoir's shoreline.

Restrictions: No Pets.

Cancellation Information: Weather contingent, no reschedule if cancelled

Contact: Elk City State Park office 620-331-6295 or Email Elk City State Park


Green Property - Pratt, KS

Date: January 1, 2015

Time of Event: 1 P.M.

Trail: Green Recreational Trail

Meeting Location: Green Recreational Trail Head, Pratt, KS

Details: Comfortable hiking gear, water, warm clothing. Coffee and hot chocolate will be served.

Restrictions: None

Contact: Pratt Operations Office - 620-672-5911


Hillsdale State Park

Date: January 1, 2015

Time of Event: 10:00 A.M.

Trail: Hidden Springs Nature Trail

Meeting Location: Hillsdale State Park Office

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office

Contact: Hillsdale State Park office 913-783-4507 or Email Hillsdale State Park


Perry State Park

Date: January 1, 2015

Time of Event: 9 A.M.

Trail: Skyline Trail

Meeting Location: Perry State Park Biking/Hiking Trails on Kimberly Dr. off West Lake Road.

Details: Dress in layers and dress warmly; warm gloves and head covering; good walking/hiking shoes; walking/hiking poles, if desired; water; snacks, if needed.

Restrictions: This is a mountain bike multi-use trail so the trail is dirt with tree roots and rocks on it. There are ravines. The entire trail is not wheelchair accessible. Leave no trace. What you pack in you pack out.

Cancellation Information: If there is snow on the ground, then the hike will be moved to improved roads within the state park. For cancellation information, participates can call (785) 207-2692.

Contact: Perry State Park office 785-246-3449 or Email Perry State Park


Pomona State Park

Date: January 1, 2015

Time of Event: 1 P.M.

Trail: Buck-Brush Trail

Meeting Location: Pomona State Park Shelter House

Details: Appropriate Clothing. Refreshment table after the hike will be sponsored by the park.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Will go on rain or shine

Contact: Pomona State Park office 785-828-4933 or Email Pomona State Park


Tuttle Creek State Park

Date: January 1, 2015

Time of Event: 10:30 A.M.

Trail: Cottonwood Trail

Meeting Location: Tuttle Creek State Park Office

Details: Birdwatching hike, bring binoculars,bird ID booklet, spotting scopes, water, hiking shoes, warm clothing

Restrictions: Pets not recommended

Cancellation Information: Contact Park office or Park's Facebook account

Contact: Tuttle Creek State Park office 785-539-7941 or Email Tuttle Creek State Park