'First Day Hikes' at Petit Jean

Petit Jean State Park has scheduled free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.  

America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Jan. 1 at a state park close to home. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.  

Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the state park. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website at americasstateparks.org.

First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year round recreation at state parks.  

For more information on Petit Jean State Park’s First Day Hikes, visit petitjeanstatepark.com and click under “Things to Do” or contact the park at 501.727.5441 or [email protected]. Complete schedules of activities may also be picked up at the park’s visitor center or at Mather Lodge.