ODNR to lead winter hike

Published 12:39 am Sunday, December 30, 2012


PORTSMOUTH — The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will sponsor a free “First Day” family hike on New Year’s Day as a way to connect children and parents with the great outdoors, even in winter.

The hike in Shawnee State Parl is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Shawnee State Park Lodge. Participants are urged to arrive half an hour early to register. Cookies and hot drinks will be served after the hike in the lodge.

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First Day hikers can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, with views and vistas unimpeded by foliage. Wildlife that might be spied along these walks will almost certainly include the tough and sturdy chickadees, state bird of Massachusetts, and wild turkeys, the state game bird. Keep an eye out for deer sightings, squirrels and, if you’re lucky, a red fox or bobcat.

In preparation for each hike, pay close attention to the details of starting time and location. Dress warmly; wear layers of clothing and sturdy, warm hiking boots or shoes, as well as hats and gloves; bring water. In the event of inclement weather, call (740) 858-6652 after 3 p.m. Monday for any possible cancellations.

The hike will be led by park staff and last about two hours. For details, visit http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/shawnee/tabid/788/Default.aspx