First Day Hikes, get Outdoors on January 1st!
Kick off 2018 with a winter hike in an Iowa State Park!

Join others around the country participating in America's State Parks First Day Hikes, January 1, 2018.

Detailed information (time, meeting places, length of hike, etc) can be found by scrolling down and choosing a hike.

America's State Parks: Find Hikes Nationwide

2018 First Day Hikes Map

Iowa's First Day Hikes

NORTHWEST

1) Gitchie Manitou State Preserve
2) Dolliver Memorial State Park 
3) Stone State Park
4) Lewis and Clark State Park
5) Ledges State Park
6) Big Creek State Park 
7) Springbrook State Park
8) Prairie Rose State Park

SOUTHWEST
9) Wilson Island State Rec Area
10) Waubonsie State Park
11) Lake Anita State park
12) Green Valley State Park
13) Viking Lake State Park 

SOUTHEAST
14) Walnut Woods State Park
15) Honey Creek State Park
16) Lake Wapello State Park
17) Lacey-Keosauqua State Park 
18) Lake Darling State Park
27) Elk Rock State Park


NORTHEAST
19) Maquoketa Caves State Park
20) Bellevue State Park
21) Mines of Spain State Rec Area
22) Cedar Rock State Park
23) Pine Lake State Park
24) Pikes Peak State Park
25) Yellow River State Forest
26) Volga River State Recreation Area

Choose a hike for more information:
General Information

Dress for the weather. Wear layers of clothing and sturdy hiking boots or shoes, as well as hats and gloves. Binoculars and a camera always come in handy, and remember to bring water. Strollers are not recommended. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Some hikes may not be appropriate for children under 5 years. Dogs must be on a leash and are not allowed into indoor locations, such as lodges and visitor centers. Trail difficulty may depend on the amount of snow on the ground.

1) Gitchie Manitou State Preserve
2) Dolliver Memorial State Park
3) Stone State Park
4) Lewis and Clark State Park
5) Ledges State Park
6) Big Creek State Park
7) Springbrook State Park
8) Prairie Rose State Park
9) Wilson Island State Recreation Area
10) Waubonsie State Park
11) Lake Anita State Park
12) Green Valley State Park
13) Viking Lake State Park
14) Walnut Woods State Park
15) Honey Creek Resort State Park
16) Lake Wapello State Park
17) Lacey-Keosauqua State Park
18) Lake Darling State Park
19) Maquoketa Caves State Park
20) Bellevue State Park
21) Mines of Spain State Recreation Area
22) Cedar Rock
23) Pine Lake State Park
24) Pikes Peak State Park
25) Yellow River State Forest
26) Volga River State Recreation Area
27) Elk Rock State Park