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December 27, 2012

Lake Ray Roberts a site for New Year's Day hike

— America's State Parks announced that all 50 state park systems will sponsor guided “First Day Hike” programs on New Year’s Day 2013, and Lake Ray Roberts is among the participating locations.

America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Jan. 1, 2013 at a state park.

First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Currently there are 647 First Day Hikes; the most local event is set for 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Isle du Bois unit of Lake Ray Roberts. The guided half-mile hike will take participants along the Lost Pines Nature Trail.

America’s State Parks First Day Hikes launched in all 50 states on January 1, 2012.

“Last year, we offered 400 hikes and 14,000 participants logged over 30,000 miles in our state parks in all 50 states,” said Priscilla Geigis, president of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). “To start 2013, we’re offering over 500 hikes nationwide and inviting kids and adults to get their hearts pumping and experience the beauty of our State Parks. These local treasures provide the perfect environment to get naturally healthy. Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, we invite everyone to join us at one of America’s State Parks on New Year’s Day!”

Phil McKnelly, the organization’s executive director, said getting outdoors and connecting to the natural world is an ideal way to relieve stress.

“We hope that hiking along a trail in a state park will become part of an individual’s or family’s regular exercise routine,” he said.

For more information, see www.americasstateparks.org/first-day-hikes.

 

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