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Start the New Year with a Siouxland First Day Hike!


On January 1st, 2020, state parks across the nation will be hosting "First Day Hikes" to encourage people to start their year off well!

Participating parks in or near Sioux City for #FirstDayHikes in Siouxland include:

First Day Hikes in Iowa

  • Stone Park
    • Sioux City, IA
    • Meet at 10:30am at the Park Office
    • 3 mile hike along the Elk Run Trail to Mount Lucia planned
  • Lewis & Clark State Park
    • Onawa, IA
    • Meet at 10:00am
  • Prairie Rose State Park
    • Harlan, IA
    • Meet at the west campground at 5:30pm
    • Features an Owl Prowl with naturalist Christina Roelofs

    First Day Hikes in South Dakota

    • Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
      • North Sioux City, SD
      • Meet at 1pm
      • Share a pic on social media of your hike at Adams to be entered to win a cute South Dakota parks 100th anniversary stocking hat!
    • Newton Hills State Park
      • Canton, SD
      • Meet at 2pm
    • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area
      • Yankton, SD
      • Snowshoe hike planned if snow is adequate
      • Meet at 1pm
    • Good Earth State Park
      • Sioux Falls, SD
      • Meet at 2pm

    First Day Hikes in Nebraska

    • Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area
      • Fremont, Nebraska
      • Meet at 9am
    • Ponca State Park
      • Ponca, NE
      • Meet at 2pm

    If you go hiking on 1/1/2020, whether on one of these guided hikes or on your own, you're encouraged to share on social media using



    For the full list of Iowa State Parks hosting First Day Hikes, visit the Iowa DNR website
    For the full list of participating Nebraska State Parks, check the Nebraska Game and Parks calendar
    For the full list of participating South Dakota State Parks, check the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks website

    Looking for New Year's Eve events in and around Sioux City? Check out my Siouxland Family Friendly New Year's Eve post.

    Happy Hiking and Happy New Year!!

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