Community hike at Clinton State Park to celebrate the new year

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Community members are invited to take in nature on the first day of this new year by going on a scenic hike at Clinton State Park.

Children ages 5 and older and adults are welcome to join in on the First Day Hike 2023 through Bunker Hill trail at Clinton State Park in Lawrence, according to the Facebook event page.

The hike will be approximately 1 mile long, with a “moderate degree of difficulty,” the event page said. Pets are welcome, but organizers ask they be kept on leashes.

Participants can look forward to “a casual hike through native grass fields along and up Bunker Hill that will give way to scenic views of Clinton State Park and the lake itself,” the event page said. There may be winter wildlife sightings, too.

Those participating can connect with the Agents of Discovery game by downloading the mobile app on their phones, according to the event page. In doing so, they can solve outdoor challenges along the way and complete the First Day Hike Mission to win a prize.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be collected and donated to Just Food.

The hike is scheduled for noon on New Year’s Day (Sunday, Jan. 1). Everyone will meet at Bob Mowery’s Meadows Disc Golf Course at Clinton State Park; see the map below.

No vehicle permit is required for parking as it will be a free entry day, according to the event page. Make sure to bring water and wear appropriate outerwear for potential cold weather.

Keep an eye on the Clinton State Park Facebook page for cancellation information.

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Maya Hodison (she/her), equity reporter, can be reached at mhodison (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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