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It's "Game On" For First Day Hikes In Spite Of Extreme Cold

The Indiana DNR says its "First Day" events for New Year's Day are still on, even though highs will be in the single digits.

STATEWIDE -- Extreme cold temperatures are in the forecast through New Year's Day, but that's not stopping your state parks from continuing a New Year's tradition. 

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it's "game on" for "First Day" events at various state parks, some of which include guided hikes to promote healthy lifestyles and getting outside and enjoying nature no matter the season.

“We encourage people to wear layers, cover hands, heads and cheeks, and join us for a ‘brisk’ walk,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for the Division of State Parks. “Some properties are changing the lengths of their hikes to shorten the time exposed to the cold, but people can certainly continue to hike longer on their own if they choose.”

  • The hike at Falls of the Ohio State Park will be either on the Woodland Trail or at another location because the ice on the fossil beds may be treacherous.
  • The Versailles State Park hike will be about a mile instead of the originally planned 4 miles. 
  • Indiana Dunes State Park is still doing the 3-Dune Challenge hike, but will also offer a shorter hike at the same time. 
  • Spring Mill State Park’s hike will be a mile instead of 2.5 miles, but will still be rugged. 
  • Brookville Lake’s hike will remain the same, but the trivia hike at nearby Whitewater Memorial State Park will be a half-mile instead of the originally planned 2.5 miles.  

You should take Murphy's recommendations seriously if your are still brave enough to handle the cold temperatures expected for New Year's Day. It's expected to be sunny with a high temperature around 5-degrees.

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