DNR: 1,200 visitors to parks on New Year’s Day
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials say more than 1,200 people braved the cold on New Year’s Day for the state’s annual “First Day Hikes” at Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs.
The state Department of Natural Resources says southern Indiana’s Monroe Lake had Wednesday’s biggest turnout, with more than 200 runners and walkers who completed either a 4-mile or 1.3-mile wooded course.
Central Indiana’s Mounds State Park had the second-largest turnout with 130 people who took an evening hike along an illuminated trail.
The DNR says western Indiana’s Shakamak State Park had nearly the same number of visitors. They warmed up around a campfire with refreshments after their 1.5-mile hike on the park’s paved road.
The “First Day” events encourage Hoosiers to get outdoors and visit the state’s parks in the year ahead.