First Day hikes at Twin Lakes

Published 11:35 am Thursday, December 8, 2016

Twin Lakes State Park will start off the new year by offering four guided “First Day” hikes on Jan. 1 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

All the hikes will begin at the interpretive circle near the concession stand. Each hike has a different difficulty level and will take hikers to different parts of the park. Hikers are asked to remember to dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes.

The first hike will leave at 11 a.m. featuring lakeside birding on Goodwin Lake trail. The 1-mile hike is over an easy trail with flat and hilly areas.

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At 1 p.m., the hike will focus on “valuable tree-sources” on Dogwood Hollow Trail. This is also a 1-mile hike and considered an easy trail with a few hills, but strollers and wheelchairs would have difficulty.

A GPS adventure will strike out at 3 p.m. on Otter’s Path. This is a 3-mile hike on a moderate trail with hilly terrain and spots with rocky footing. Strollers and wheelchairs would have difficulty along this trail.

At 6 p.m., Goodwin Lake Trail will offer “Winter Wonders.” This special 1-mile hike will showcase some of the park staff’s favorite trees using string lights.

Jan. 1 is a free park entrance day, and participants can receive a special bumper sticker for hiking. You can also find out about the New Year Challenge and Annual First Day Hikes Photo Contest at