Crater of Diamonds State Park will hold a morning hike around the park’s Little Missouri River Trail on New Year’s Day 2018 as part of the nation-wide First Day Hikes initiative. Hikers of all ages should meet by 8 a.m. at the Little Missouri River Trailhead, located across from site 22 in the park campground. Limited parking is available at the trailhead and at the nearby bathhouse. Wear sturdy walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring drinking water. Please note that all park facilities, including the diamond search area, will be closed on January 1 for New Year’s Day. The Little Missouri River Trail at Crater of Diamonds State Park is open daily during daylight hours. It winds its way through the forest from the campground to a scenic overlook on the Little Missouri River. This 1.2 mile loop provides a relaxing, one hour hike over level terrain. Half of the trail features paved, barrier-free access, and the unpaved section of the trail is also easily walked.
Millwood State Park, on Highway 32 between Saratoga and Ashdown, is joining forces again with parks across the nation to celebrate 2018 with a “First Day Hike!” The purpose is to start the New Year off with a healthy activity for the entire family. During this 1.5 mile hike, you can explore nature and engage in physical activity while enjoying Millwood State Park. The cost is free. The hike will be from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Meeting place is the Waterfowl Way Trailhead. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water with you.
The New Year is here and with it brings the opportunity for a new beginning or change. A lot of people strive to become more active and healthier. The Staff at Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center would like to invite you for a fun hike on the prairie to get you moving in the right direction and discover some new things that nature has in store for everyone. The hike is Monday, January 1 at 1 p.m. This is a free program; however, registration is required by the facility staff for planning purposes. Call 870-983-2790 to register, get directions, or get more information about the program.