Kansas State Park First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes

The guided First Day Hike is part of a program sponsored by America’s State Parks. The First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on New Year’s Day at your State Park. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome New Year with friends and family. There are hundreds of scheduled First Day Hikes across the United States. More information about the First Day Hike program and other hikes around the United States visit, http://naspd.org.

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Clinton State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 12:00 P.M.

Trail: North Shores Trail

Meeting Location: Park Office

Details: Warm clothing, good boots, water, trail moderate in difficulty, 2 miles in length

Restrictions: Pet friendly on leash

Cancellation Information: Check Clinton State Park Facebook and Park Office, 785-842-8562

Contact: Clinton State Park office 785-842-8562 or Email Clinton State Park


Crawford State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 10:00 A.M.

Trail: Hidden Spots of Crawford State Park (Timber Hike)

Meeting Location: Beach Shelter

Details: Warm clothing, water resistant boots, water, trail moderate in difficulty, 1 1/2 to 2 miles in length

Restrictions: Pet friendly on leash

Cancellation Information: Park Office, 620-362-3671

Contact: Crawford State Park office 620-362-3671 or Email Crawford State Park


Cross Timbers State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 1:00 P.M.

Trail: Overlook Trail

Meeting Location: Overlook Area

Details: Dress warm and bring a camera for wildlife pictures. Refreshments will be provided

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - on leash.

Cancellation Information: Check Cross Timbers State Park Facebook and Park Office, 620-637-2213

Contact: Cross Timbers State Park office 620-637-2213 or Email Cross Timbers State Park


El Dorado State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 1:00 P.M.

Trail: Walnut River Trail

Meeting Location: Walnut River Cabins

Details: Dress warm and bring a camera for wildlife pictures. Easy to moderate 2 mile hike. Hot Chocolate and coffee will be provided.

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - on leash.

Cancellation Information: Check El Dorado State Park Facebook and Park Office, 316-321-7180

Contact: El Dorado State Park office 316-321-7180 or Email El Dorado State Park


Wilson State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 1:00 P.M.

Trail: Cedar Trail

Meeting Location: Trailhead

Details: Dress warm and bring a camera for wildlife pictures. Hike will be 3/4 mil and easy in difficulty.

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - on leash. 

Cancellation Information: Check Wilson State Park Facebook and Park Office, 620-785-658-2465

Contact: Wilson State Park office 785-658-2465 or Email Wilson State Park


Fall River State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 1 P.M.

Trail: Post Oak Trail

Meeting Location: Fall River Shop

Details: Warm clothing, good boots, water, trail easy in difficulty, 1 mile in length, Refreshments provided, What you might see winter waterfowl, eagles, tallgrass ID, and other KS wildlife. The hike will also feature the Cross Timbers ecosystem, with oak savannas that are part of gold growth forests.

Restrictions: Pets leashed

Cancellation Information: Check Fall River State Park Facebook and Park Office, 620-637-2213

Contact: Fall River State Park office 620-637-2213 or Email Fall River State Park


Green Property - Pratt, KS

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Trail: Green Recreational Trail

Meeting Location: Barn/Shop, Pratt, KS

Details: Water,snacks,appropriate winter clothing,good walking shoes/boots,binoculars,cameras. Hot Cider and Hot Chocolate after Hike

Restrictions: Pets - on leash

Contact: Pratt Operations Office - 620-672-5911


Kanopolis State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 10:00 A.M.

Trail: Split Boulder Trail - 1.6 miles

Meeting Location: State Park Office

Details: Water,snacks,appropriate winter clothing,good walking shoes/boots, binoculars, cameras. Coffee and hot chocolate provided at the park office before and after the hike

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - On Leash

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 785-546-2565

Contact: Kanopolis State Park office 785-546-2565 or Email Kanopolis State Park


Glen Elder State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: TBD

Trail: TBD

Meeting Location: TBD

Details: Water, snacks, appropriate winter clothing, good walking shoes/boots, binoculars, cameras. 

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - On Leash

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 785-545-3345

Contact: Glen Elder State Park office 785-545-3345 or Email Glen Elder State Park


Perry State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 10:00 A.M. 

Trail: Nature Trail - 2 1/2 miles

Meeting Location: Lakeview Parking Lot

Details: Dress in layers and dress warmly; warm gloves and head covering; good walking/hiking shoes; walking/hiking poles, if desired; water and snacks provided.

Restrictions: Pets welcome on leash

Cancellation Information: For cancellation information, participates can call (785) 207-2692.

Contact: Perry State Park office 785-246-3449 or Email Perry State Park


Pomona State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 2:00 P.M.

Trail: Hedgewood and Rising Sun (moderate) OR Buckbrush and Boat Ramp 1 (easy)

Meeting Location: Southwind Shelter

Details: Appropriate Clothing, camera and water. May see Eagles on hike. There will be two options for hikes this year led by Pomona State Park Rangers. 

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - On leash

Cancellation Information: Pomona State Park Facebook page or Park Office, 785-828-4933

Contact: Pomona State Park office 785-828-4933 or Email Pomona State Park


Tuttle Creek State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 10:30 a.m.

Trail: Western Heritage

Meeting Location: Tuttle Creek State Park Office

Details: Birdwatching hike, bring binoculars, bird ID booklet, spotting scopes, water, hiking shoes, warm clothing. Snacks, water, hot chocolate and t-shirts provided.

Restrictions: Pets Friendly - On Leash

Cancellation Information: Contact Park office or Park's Facebook account

Contact: Tuttle Creek State Park office 785-539-7941 or Email Tuttle Creek State Park


Cedar Bluff State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 9:00 A.M.

Trail: Agave Trail

Meeting Location: Trail Head

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Easy in difficulty. 

Restrictions: Pet friend - on leash

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 785-726-3212 or Cedar Bluff State Park Facebook Page

Contact: Cedar Bluff State Park office 785-726-3212 or Email Cedar Bluff State Park


Meade State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 2:00 P.M.

Trail: Eagle Trail

Meeting Location: West Trail Head

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Easy in difficulty. Learn park and area history along the hike.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 620-369-2384 or Meade State Park Facebook Page

Contact: Meade State Park office 620-369-2384 or Email Meade State Park


Sand Hills State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 10:00 A.M.

Trail: Dune Trail/Prairie Trail 1 mile

Meeting Location: Park Office Cabin

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Pet friendly on leash, Hot chocolate and smores over a camp fire after the hike is complete.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 620-665-6248 or Sand Hills State Park Facebook Page

Contact: Sand Hills State Park office 620-665-6248 or Email Sand Hills State Park


Cheney State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 10:00 A.M.

Trail: West Side Trail

Meeting Location: Park Office

Details: Water, snacks, weather appropriate clothing, hiking boots, binoculars and camera. Hot chocolate and s'mores around the fire following the hike.

Restrictions: Pet friendly - on leash

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 316-542-3664 or Cheney State Park Facebook Page

Contact: Cheney State Park office 316-542-3664 or Email Cheney State Park


Flint Hills Nature Trail

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 2:00 p.m.

Trail: Flint Hills Nature Trail

Meeting Location: Meet at the Old Depot in Ottawa

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Pet friendly on leash. Hot Chocolate served after the hike!

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Prairie Spirit Trail Office, 785-448-2627

Contact: Prairie Spirit Trail office 785-448-2627 or Email Prairie Spirit Trail


Elk City State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 1:00 p.m.

Trail: South Squaw Trail

Meeting Location: Day Use Area Parking Lot

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Bring water and snacks, if desired. Pet friendly on leash. Easy in difficulty

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 620-331-6295 or Elk City State Park Facebook Page

Contact: Park office 620-331-6295 or Email Elk City State Park


Hillsdale State Park

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 10:00 a.m.

Trail: Hidden Springs Nature Trail

Meeting Location: Park Office

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Pet friendly on leash. 

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 913-783-4507 or KDWPT Website

Contact: Hillsdale State Park office 913-783-4507


Pawnee Prairie Park - Wichita, KS

Date: January 1, 2018

Time of Event: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Trail: Pawnee Prairie Park Trails

Meeting Location: Nature Center at 2625 S. Tyler Rd. Wichita, KS 67215

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Pet friendly on leash. 

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Hike will go on rain or shine, please check facebook.com/WichitaParksandRec for updates

Contact: Wichita Parks and Rec office

Additional Information: Join us Monday, January 1st for Take a Hike, to celebrate new beginnings and positivity in the new year! Plan to take a group photo before the hike at 9:00 AM.  We will meet at the Nature Center, off Tyler Road, and then hike the trails of Pawnee Prairie Park! This free, family friendly event will go on rain or shine. Dogs on leashes are welcome!