Join a ranger for a guided hike through one of the Crossroads area's majestic state parks.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes At Tishomingo State Park on Jan. 1.
Big Hill Pond State Park west of Ramer, Tenn. is also taking part in the nationwide initiative on Jan. 1. The hike there will begin at 9 a.m.
Hikers will walk across Dismal Swamp Boardwalk and up to the Observation Tower where there will be refreshments and an opportunity for a picnic lunch. You are asked to bring your own lunch. The walk is rated moderate in difficulty and should take 2.5 hours long. Meet at the Turkey Call Trail trailhead. For more information, call 731-645-7967.
Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day. Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year as part of the quarterly hikes program.
“Our First Hikes have been very popular and we are excited to continue this series in the New Year,” Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said. “The First Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.”
The Mississippi state park system is also part of the nationwide initiative.
"You'll burn off some of those holiday calories, cure cabin fever, and enjoy a day in the 'Great Outdoors'," explained manager Bill Brekeen of Tishomingo State park.
First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America's State Parks to get people outdoors.
For the third year across all 50 states, kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes.
The American Hiking Society and America's State Parks are committed to promote hiking and other outdoor recreation in state parks, to help everyone connect with nature and establish a lifetime of fitness through hiking.
(Contact the Tishomingo State Park Office for additional information at 662-438-6914.)