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SD Game, Fish and Parks Celebrates the New Year with Self-Guided Hikes

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) isn’t going to let social distancing get in the way of this year’s First Day Hikes. Whether on a self-guided hike or one with limited participants, state parks invite you to celebrate the New Year outdoors on January 1.

“Many of our events look different this year,” said South Dakota state park director Scott Simpson. “First Day Hikes have become a tradition in our state parks over the last several years, and we are going to continue that this year. The hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories all while social distancing in our beautiful parks.”

South Dakota state parks are offering nine hikes across the state.

First Day Hike, Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon
First Day Hikes: Creekside Trail, Little Devil’s Tower, Prairie Trail, and Stockade Lake, Custer State Park near Custer
First Day Hike (self-guided), Oakwood Lakes State Park near Brookings
Self-guided First Day Hike, George S. Mickelson Trail
Bald Eagle Park Walk (self-guided), Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Pierre
First Day Hike, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near North Sioux City
First Day Hike, Pelican Lake Recreation Area near Watertown