By Sarah Plummer
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.
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