Custer State Park to Host First Day Hike


CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – On Monday, January 1, Custer State Park will host a First Day Hike.  The hike will begin at 10:00am at the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center.

Participants will go on a guided hike along the paved Creekside Trail for approximately 2 miles.  The hike will last approximately two hours.  Pre-registration is not required.

As part of a national initiative, these hikes take place across the nation to offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1 at a state park close to home.  First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with family and friends.

January 1 is also the last day to view and vote for “Favorite Tree” for the Custer State Park Festival of Trees located at the Visitor Center.  The visitor center hours are 9am – 4pm every day.

There is no cost for the hike; however, a park entrance license is required. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, as temperatures in the Black Hills can be unpredictable.

Custer State Park will also host snowshoe hikes this winter.  The Game Lodge Snowshoe Hike will take place at 10:00am on January 13, the Lover’s Leap Snowshoe Hike will take place at 10:00am and 12:00pm on February 10, and the Sylvan Lake Snowshoe Hike will take place at 10:00am on March 10.  Reservations for these hikes are required and can be made by calling 605-255-4515.

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