Twin Falls State Park is offering a special “First Day Hike” to help West Virginians keep their New Year’s resolutions to stay active.
First Day Hikes began in Massachusetts state parks more than 21 years ago. The National Association of State Park Directors has issued a challenge to parks directors nationwide to establish First Day hikes locally in each state.
“Hiking or walking at a state park or forest is an activity open to anyone who comes to visit,” said West Virginia State Parks Programming Coordinator Sissie Summers. “Parks and forests operated by the West Virginia state park system do not charge an admission fee, so it’s fun and some exercise at no cost.”
At Twin Falls today, naturalist Bryan Danford will lead participants on a First Day hike on the Nature Trail.
The hike starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Nature Trail parking lot and will last about two hours.
Individuals planning to participate in a First Day Hike should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to starting time and should bring water and wear layers of clothing and sturdy, warm hiking boots or shoes, as well as hats and gloves.
And if you can’t make it out today, the Lore and Tracking Weekend at Twin Falls is scheduled for Jan. 18-20 as visitors step back in time to the 18th century, when American Indians and European Americans lived closer to nature.
Participants will learn about nature, drama, tracking and animal identification, and history.
Registration is required for this event and overnight accommodations, activities and meals are included.
Twin Falls Resort is located near Mullens and Pineville in Wyoming County. For more information call 304-294-4000 or visit www.twinfallsresort.com.
Other West Virginia state parks participating in First Day Hikes will be Kanawha State Forest, Blackwater Falls State Park and Cacapon Resort State Park.
— E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Local News
Human remains found near White Sulphur Springs
Law enforcement officials are investigating human remains discovered by a local resident near White Sulphur Springs on Friday afternoon, according to Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill.
- Happy Easter
Fayetteville celebration pairs entertainment with environment
When you’re finished with this newspaper, what are you going to do with it? Will you just chuck it in the trash or will you recycle it? A local celebration has the goal of opening your eyes to what everyone can do to help the environment, from building with junk to clean coal technology.
Scouts and a scientist plant American chestnuts at Summit
The American chestnut tree has become hard to find. You might have seen a chestnut tree, but chances are that it was a Chinese chestnut or a Japanese chestnut. By 1950, a blight had killed about 4 billion trees from Maine to Georgia. The American chestnut is mostly gone.
FOIA ruling allows government agencies to charge for finding public documents
The Freedom of Information Act isn’t quite so free after the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled last week that government agencies can charge an hourly fee for the time it takes to find public documents.
Eighth-grade students’ exhibit gets top honors in state competition
Two Raleigh County students brought home top honors from the National History Day state competition April 11 in Charleston.
Beckley officer and K-9 partner Ciro win award from WVPCA
They say every dog has his day, but a local pooch and his handler have had about 365 days of success.
Cpl. Jamie Blume of the Beckley Police Department and his K-9 partner Ciro have won the 2013-2014 Officer and K-9 of the Year award from the WVPCA, according to a press release from the Beckley Police Department.
Shooting at Quality Inn injures one
A shooting took place at the Quality Inn in Beckley on Friday night, according to Raleigh County dispatchers.
Area 911 dispatchers report several fires
Fire departments from all over Raleigh County and its surrounding areas dealt with fires Friday night, according to dispatchers.
High court overturns Raleigh ruling
An audio recording between a confidential informant and a Beckley attorney accused of selling cocaine will now be allowed into evidence, according to a West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruling.
- More Local News Headlines
- Human remains found near White Sulphur Springs