Celebrate a New Year with a First Day Hike in an Iowa State Park

December 24, 2016 - photo frame

QUASQUETON – Free, guided hikes will take place in 25 Iowa state parks on New Year’s Day as partial of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

This year Cedar Rock State Park will be open for a guided travel around a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Walter Estate grounds.

“The First Day Hike beginning is a ideal eventuality to start a new year in Frank Lloyd Wright character holding a impulse to knowledge a beauty of inlet and what improved site than on a drift of one of Wright’s masterpieces,” pronounced Katie Hund, Manager of Cedar Rock State Park. “Even yet a home during a park is not open to a open this time of year, a park itself is still a place where people can come to bond with inlet and inspire their earthy and mental contentment while enjoying Cedar Rock’s healthy and informative resources.”

Last year, some-more than 600 people began a year in an Iowa state park, hiking some-more than 1,100 sum miles.

“This is a 6th annual First Day Hike for a Iowa DNR and 2017 outlines a 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth,” pronounced Hund. “We demeanour brazen to celebrating this miracle year for Wright during a 2017 park events; First Day Hike, River Pavilion Restoration Project Celebration, Strawberry Moon and a Afternoon with Frank Lloyd Wright.”

Participants of a Cedar Rock Hike are asked to accommodate during a Park Visitor Center, 2611 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd., by 1 p.m. for a small course and preparation. Staff and volunteers will lead people along Toad’s Trail. The 1.5 mile travel will be on tolerably hilly turf circuitous divided from a park caller core to Cedar Rock and a Wapsipinicon River. Enjoy inlet as we travel nearby a level and riparian timberland on a approach to a 11-acre site. The Walter residence is remarkably placed to take advantage of a overwhelming views of a Wapsipinicon River.

Due to winter upkeep and to preserve heat, a residence will not be open, though hikers might look in a unclosed window if they wish.

Cocoa, cider and cookies will be offering indoors during a caller core following a hike. Depending on continue conditions snowshoes will be accessible for participants, or move your own.

“I design a guided travel to take around 45 mins turn trip,” pronounced Hund. “I prognosticate participants holding their time and throwing a few photos during a residence drift and on a trail.

“Most importantly those formulation on fasten us for a First Day Hike should be certain to dress for that day’s continue conditions. We inspire we to move along your walking stick, camera, selfie stick, binoculars or any other apparatus we feel we might need. We will have a fun print support on palm to constraint fun vehement photos to ring in 2017.”

If participants would like to pre-register for a eventuality or for snowshoes they might do so by job a park during 319-934-3572 or emailing cedar_rock@dnr.iowa.gov. Pre-registration is not mandatory.

Cancellation information will be accessible online during www.iowadnr.gov/parks and click on “closure information”, or Friends of Cedar Rock Facebook page.

Details about a other Hikes can be found during www.iowadnr.gov/firstdayhikes and to see a extensive map of First Day Hikes opposite a country, revisit www.stateparks.org. Participants are speedy to share their adventures on amicable media with #FirstDayHikes.

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