Take a hike on New Year's Day
Oklahoma State Parks will again host First Day Hikes on Jan. 1.
“This is a special year for this event,” said Oklahoma State Park Director Kris Marek. “Our first park at Lake Murray opened in 1937. In 2017 we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of our state parks and the recreational opportunities they provide our visitors.”
Participants in the hikes will receive a specially designed token commemorating the 80th anniversary.
Twenty state parks will host hikes on New Year’s Day. Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes which will be held in the following Oklahoma State Parks:
Arrowhead State Park on Lake Eufaula-Canadian: Meet at the park office at 10 a.m. for a moderate 2-mile hike. (918) 339-2204
Beavers Bend State Park-Broken Bow: Meet at 11 a.m. at the Forest Heritage Center for an moderate 1-mile hike along the Beaver Creek Trail. (580) 494-6300
Lake Eufaula State Park-Eufaula: Meet at 2 p.m. at the Deep Fork Nature Center for a moderate 2-mile hike on the Hummingbird Beach trail. (918) 689-5311
Lake Wister State Park-Wister: Meet at 1 p.m. at the Ward’s Landing Shelter for an easy one-mile hike along the Ward’s Landing Trail. (918) 655-7275
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 a.m. and choose from two different hikes.
McGee Creek State Park-Atoka: Meet at noon at T-Hill in the park for a 1.4 mile easy walk through the Potapo Campground.
Lake Murray State Park-Ardmore: Meet at the Nature Center at 1 p.m. for an easy to moderate 2-mile hike along the Nature Center Loop. (580) 223-4044
Lake Thunderbird State Park-Norman: Meet at 1 p.m. at the Discovery Cove Nature Center for two different 1-mile hikes. The first will take guests on the Nature Trail, while the second will take guests on a paved, accessible trail. (405) 360-3572
Red Rock Canyon State Park-Hinton: Meet at 10 a.m. at the Rough Horsetail Trailhead for an easy half-mile hike. (405) 542-6181
Fort Cobb State Park-Fort Cobb: Meet at noon at the enclosed shelter at the Eagles Nest Campground on the west side of the park for a moderate hike. The trail is up to six-miles total, with turnaround locations for shorter hikes. (405) 643-2249
Foss State Park-Foss: Meet at the Cedar Point Shelter at 2 p.m. for an easy 2.5-mile hike along the Great Western Trail. (580) 592-4433
Roman Nose State Park-Watonga: Meet at 1 p.m. at the lodge for a moderate hike along the scenic Interpretive Loop Trail. (800) 892-8690.
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 2-mile hike will be held on the Rangers Pass Trail.
Osage Hills State Park-Pawhuska: Meet at the ball field at 12:01 a.m. for the first hike. A second hike will be held at 1 p.m. The easy one-mile hikes will be along the Lake Loop Trail. (918) 336-5635
Grand Lake State Park-Bernice: Meet at 11 a.m. at the Nature Center for an easy half-mile hike along the paved 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 half-mile hike along the Dripping Springs Trail. Sections of the trail are moderate to difficult. (918) 422-5802
Greenleaf State Park-Braggs: Meet at 1:30 p.m. at the gazebo by the kid’s fishing pond for an easy 1-mile hike along the paved trail. (918)-487-5622
Tenkiller State Park-Vian: Meet at 1 p.m. at the Driftwood Nature Center for a moderate 1-mile hike along the accessible trail.
Sequoyah State Park-Hulbert: Meet at 1 p.m. at the Three Forks Nature Center for a 1.5 mile moderate walk along the park trail. (918) 772-2108