Take a First Day Hike, enter to win prizes


First Day Hike, an annual tradition organized by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will be offered Jan. 1 at two state properties in Jackson County.

Hikes are available at Jackson-Washington State Forest in Brownstown and Starve Hollow State Recreation Area in Vallonia. Official Indiana First Day Hike stickers will be available outside the offices.

In past years, Indiana state parks, reservoirs and state forests have offered organized hikes led by park staff and volunteers.

This year, in response to the need to practice social distancing and keep group sizes to those within your personal bubble, IDNR has created hiking opportunities that allow you to be your own tour guide.

Participants are encouraged to look for resolution signs at each trailhead. The signs will propose different resolutions participants might consider for the new year.

At the local properties, the signs will be at Trail 1 (entrance by cabins) and the trailhead for Turkey Roost Trail (orange trail 6) at Starve Hollow and trails 1, 4, 5 and 6 at Jackson-Washington.

Hikers are encouraged to take a photo of themselves with the signs and upload them to Facebook to win prizes.

Photos can be uploaded at facebook.com/INdnrstateparksandreservoirs or facebook.com/INdnrforestry and use either #FirstDayHikeIN, #FindYourResolution or #IHikedTheFirstDay to allow your images to be found so you can be included in the drawing for prizes.

The DNR will randomly select participants from those who post to win park passes, inn and camping gift cards and more.

Maps of the trails can be downloaded online at jacksoncountyin.com/blog.

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