Tyler State Park hosts 'first day' New Year's hikes


Tyler State Park will host its annual First Day Hike at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. Each year national and state parks host first day hikes to encourage people to go outdoors and exercise in nature.

Hikers will meet at the Tyler State Park store at 10 a.m. for a 2-mile guided hike on the Lake Shore Trail. 

The park also will host a1.5-mile cross-county orienting hike using a topographical map and compass on the park's orienting course. Participants will meet at the course at 2 p.m. 

Park interpreter, Boyd Sanders will guide the hikes. 

"This is the first year for our map and compass orienting hike," Sanders said. "We will provide the topographical maps and a compass to anyone who needs one. This is a way for us to teach people about the outdoors, the history of the park and how to navigate with a map and compass. 

Standard park entry fees apply. The cost to enter the Tyler State Park is free for those 12 and younger and $13 for those 13 and older.

- LouAnna Campbell


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