13 state parks invite Oklahomans on First Day Hikes

State parks across Oklahoma hosting “First Day Hikes” events on Jan. 1.
BY KELI CLARK Published: December 23, 2012
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Lake Wister, Wister: Meet at the Ward's Landing Pavilion at 1 p.m. for an easy one-mile hike on the Lone Star Nature Trail.

Osage Hills, Pawhuska: Meet at the park office at 9 a.m. for a moderate hike along the two-mile Lake Trail.

Robbers Cave, Wilburton: Meet at Shelter Six at 9 a.m. for hikes along two separate park trails. The Outdoor Classroom Trail is an easy .08-mile hike through a wooded area near the outdoor classroom. The Mountain Trail is a moderate to strenuous three-mile hike with a steady incline to an area with a scenic view above the cliffs overlooking Lake Carlton. Children are welcome but must be carefully supervised along the higher elevation bluff trail.

Roman Nose, Watonga: Meet at the Roman Nose Lodge parking area at 10 a.m. for a moderate hike along the 3.5-mile Path to Inspiration.

Sequoyah, near Wagoner: Meet at the Three Forks Nature Center at 10 a.m. for a moderate hike along the quarter-mile Fitness Trail.

Tenkiller, Vian: Meet at the Driftwood Nature Center at 10 a.m. for a moderate hike along the 1.5-mile long Crappie Point Trail.

The trails in the parks provide hikers with a variety of furry and feathered friends to discover along their journey. A refreshing day in the outdoors can be very rewarding, especially in the winter, but guests should dress appropriately for cool weather and wear comfortable shoes. Come prepared with water, a snack for longer hikes, binoculars and a camera. A walking stick might come in handy but is not required.

For more detailed information on the hiking event at the individual park, visit Americasstateparks.org and click on the First Day Hikes logo. For Oklahoma state park descriptions, addresses and phone numbers, visit TravelOK.com.



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