Springbrook State Park Hosts First Day Hike

 
Springbrook State Park in Guthrie County is one of 50 First Day Hikes on January 1 as adventurers ring in the New Year by connecting with nature.

Kick off 2017 with a winter hike at Springbrook State Park. The local hike is one of 50 across the United States taking place on January 1, as a way to ring in the New Year and connect individuals and families with nature.

Those interested in the hike should meet at the Conservation Education Center classroom at 2473 160th Road, Guthrie Center. The hike begins at 10 a.m.
Anne Riordan, Training Specialist at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center in Guthrie County, says the First Day Hikes are a great way to kick off the New Year.

“January 1st is traditionally a day when we begin the year with resolutions that can have a positive impact on our lives,” Riordan said. “Many people resolve to increase physical activity to improve health, and hiking is an excellent and enjoyable way to do that.”

Riordan says Iowa’s state parks offer a wide variety of habitats and experiences for visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

“Being truly present as we experience nature can reduce stress, increase awareness and cause positive changes in both our physical and mental well-being,” she said.

Riordan encourages hikers to dress for the weather and bring their own water bottles.

Hikers are encouraged to wear layers of clothing and sturdy hiking boots or shoes, as well as hats and gloves. Binoculars and a camera always come in handy.

“Springbrook in winter can seem like a completely different place than when the majority of people visit,” Riordan said. “Snow covered trails transform the landscape into a mystery, animals tracks leading in all directions and telling a story for those who take the time to investigate.”

Riordan says the frozen lake provides ice fishing opportunities, and the rolling terrain makes for exciting cross country skiing.

“Springbrook is alive and well in winter, filled with adventures just waiting to happen,” Riordan said. “Venture out this winter, and see what exciting things await.”

The two to three mile wintertime hike at Springbrook will take hikers along a trail through the woods, looking for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife activity. The hike begins with a visit to a small pond, continues past historic Civilian Conservation Corps buildings and stone steps, before crossing a bridge over a stream, on the way to Springbrook Lake.

The trail difficulty is moderate, depending on the amount of snow on the ground. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Riordan says some hikes may not be appropriate for children under age five.  Strollers are not recommended. Dogs must be on a leash and are not allowed into indoor locations, such as lodges and visitor centers.

Those interested in the hike should meet at the Conservation Education Center classroom at 2473 160th Road, Guthrie Center. The hike begins at 10 a.m.

 

Courtesy of Ashley Schable, Guthrie County Vedette, 12/22/16.

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