Start 2019 with a Siouxland First Day Hike!

in background, a man on skis moves across the snow near some large, snow covered pine trees. in foreground, the words "First Day Hikes 1/1/2019 in Siouxland"

On January 1st, 2019, 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 include:

  • Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
    • North Sioux City, SD
    • Meet at 1pm
  • Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area
    • Fremont, Nebraska
    • Meet at 9am
  • Gitchie Manitou State Park
    • Meet at 10am at the Gitchie Manitou parking lot on Adams Avenue
    • 1.5 mile hike planned
  • Good Earth State Park
    • Sioux Falls, SD
    • Meet at 2pm
  • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area
    • Yankton, SD
    • Snowshoe hike planned if snow is adequate
    • Meet at 1pm
  • Newton Hills State Park
    • Canton, SD
    • Meet at 2pm
  • Prairie Rose State Park
    • Harlan, IA
    • Meet at the park office at 5:30pm
    • Owl Prowl with naturalist Christina Roelofs
    • Hot chocolate and treats will be available in the park office
    • Bring a flashlight
  • Ponca State Park
    • Ponca, NE
    • Meet at 2pm
  • Stone Park
    • Sioux City, IA
    • Meet at 10am at the Park Office
    • 3 mile hike along the Elk Run Trail to Mount Lucia planned

If you go hiking on 1/1/2019, 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!!