First Day Hike
First Day Hike / Ski, January 1st
Each year thousands of people across the nation kick off the new year by hiking at state parks, forests or trails on New Year’s Day. These hikes provide a way for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. For many it has become a tradition.
With over 14 million visitors (over 600,000 each year at Lapham Peak), Wisconsin state parks, forests and trails feature some of the Midwest’s best scenery. The change in seasons doesn’t mean an end to exploring the outdoors. Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks, forests and trails offer opportunities to get outdoors – even in winter.
And, Lapham Peak offers cross-country skiing on snow that we pretty much guarantee, with professionally groomed manmade snow, and natural snow added to it when that happens,
Due to COVID-19, First Day hikes will be a self-guided experience to help keep guides and park visitors healthy and safe. Share your adventure with us using the hashtags #OutWiGo and #FirstDayHike on social media.
Looking to enjoy Wisconsin State Parks in a different light? The DNR encourages visitors to hike under a full moon or with a headlamp or flashlight instead of attending the annual candlelight events held at night, which have been canceled to avoid attracting crowds.
A vehicle admission sticker is required to visit state park system properties. Stickers can be purchased online, by calling 1-888-305-0398 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at individual properties via self-registration stations, electronic kiosks or drive-up window service (select properties only).
January 1, 2021, will require parking stickers (sorry, this is not a “free” day).
Learn more information about Wisconsin State Parks, locate a park near you or find a map to plan your First Day Hike here.