Our wonderful Louisiana State Parks system wants you to start 2020 in a healthy way. They are participating in America's State Parks’ First Day Hikes project, which will begin on January 1, 2020. The program offers individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a hike for health on Wednesday, January 1. According to a press release from Lt Governor Billy Nungesser 'Whether you’re starting off 2020 with a resolution to get into better shape or just want to enjoy the outdoors, walking through nature at one of our state parks is a great way to spend the first day of the new year. Our mild winters provide opportunities to get out and experience these natural treasures in our state all year around.'

The nationwide initiative was launched 25 years ago, and several of our state parks will be offering special programs on Jan 1, and they are listed below.

  • Lake D’Arbonne State Park; Farmerville – Scout-Guided Trail Hike
  • Sam Houston Jones State Park; Lake Charles – Hiking on the Children’s Trail
  • Louisiana State Arboretum; Ville Platte – Guided Hike on the Walker Branch Trail

You can  share your First Day Hike adventures on social media with the hashtag #FirstDayHikes.