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Statewide First Day Hikes, free admission at Oklahoma State Parks

 

December 30, 2022

Adventurers of all ages can embark on a First Day Hike at a participating park, including McGee Creek State Park in Atoka. Photo provided by The Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.

OKLAHOMA CITY - On New Year's Day, Oklahoma State Parks will offer free guided hikes and free parking to all Oklahomans looking to ring in the new year outdoors. Staff and volunteers will lead hikes on New Year's Day at 16 state parks, with separate guided hikes at Fort Cobb State Park in Fort Cobb and Great Plains State Park in Mountain Park on Jan. 7.

First Day Hikes are part of a national effort led by America's State Parks to promote outdoor recreation.

"We couldn't be more excited to ring in the new year by welcoming hikers from all over the state to our parks," said Shelley Zumwalt, Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department Executive Director. "Our First Day Hikes are a fantastic way to explore Oklahoma's state parks, and we can't wait to see you!"

In northwest Oklahoma, there will be First Day Hikes at Boiling Springs State Park, Woodward, and Roman Nose State Park, Watonga.

The Jan. 1 hike at Boiling Springs State Park begins at 2 p.m. Meet at the park office for an easy one-mile hike on the Scout Trail. Be sure to bring your leashed pets, binoculars, a camera, water and appropriate dress for a cool-weather hike. Afterward, meet at the park office for complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. Kids will enjoy a hayride after lunch.

The Roman Nose State Park guided hike begins at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Lodge for a moderate to strenuous three-mile (round trip) hike to Inspiration Point. Be sure to bring your pets on leashes, binoculars, camera, water and dress appropriately for cold weather. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and tea will be provided.

 

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