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It’s a Family Tradition to Hike a Trail at an Arkansas State Park on the First Day of the New Year: Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area to offer Five Guided Hikes

29 Dec 2021 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

First Day Hikes originated 30 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts.  The initiative targeted the first of January, the start of a new year, to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and the year-round recreation that can be experienced locally in state parks.

Through the years, other states, including Arkansas, joined this health initiative.  Get your year off on the right foot with a hike on the trails of Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area just east of Rogers.

During First Day Hikes at Arkansas State Parks:  COVID-19 safety guidelines are in effect for guest and staff safety.  Space may be limited. 

Participants are encouraged to wear masks unless fully vaccinated and maintain social distance between households, respecting the safety and concerns of those around you. 

We have several hikes to choose from depending on your skill and time availability.  Before or after your free hike you can warm up by the fire at the Education Pavilion near the visitor center and make a nature journal to record the hiking adventure that begins the new year!  Each hiker will receive a 2022 First Day Hike sticker.  Note: The visitor center is closed for the holiday, January 1st, but restrooms are available at the pavilion and trailheads.

Saturday, January 1st, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Pigeon Roost Trail Hike:  Park Interpreter Chris will lead a hike on the 4.1-mile Dry Creek Loop of Pigeon Roost Trail, which is considered moderately difficult.  Dress in layers and wear sturdy hiking shoes.  Be sure to bring water as well.  Meet at the Pigeon Roost Trailhead on Hwy 12, .6 miles east of the visitor center.  

Saturday, January 1st, 11:00-11:45 a.m.   OR   2:00-2:45 p.m.

Ozark Plateau Trail Hike: Do you know the destination of a trail?  Do you know the purpose of “anting”?  Join Park Interpreter Steve to learn more about YOUR park during this easy 0.25-mile hike on the barrier free Ozark Plateau Trail. Meet at the Education Pavilion near the visitor center. 

Saturday, January 1st, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Historic Van Winkle Trail Hike:  Join Lori, a volunteer park interpreter, on an easy 0.5-mile hike on a barrier free trail through Historic Van Winkle Hollow and learn about Peter Van Winkle and his famous sawmill that was the largest in the entire state of Arkansas all through the 1870’s.  The area is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Meet at the Van Winkle Trailhead, Hwy. 12, 1 ½ miles west of the visitor center.

Saturday, January 1st, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Shaddox Hollow Trail Hike:  Join Park Interpreter Chris on this 1.5-mile, moderately difficult loop through Shaddox Hollow as we explore the Ozark hills.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  Meet at the Shaddox Hollow trailhead, one mile down 303 North, from the Hwy. 12/303 N intersection.

For more information call 479-789-5000 or visit the web site,

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