OutWiGo: Start 2022 by reconnecting with nature on the annual MNR Day One Hike


(WFRV) – Ready for your first adventure in 2022? The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature and start the New Year by discovering all the state has to offer.

DNR officials are planning their 11th year of hiking on New Years Day for the annual Day One Hike (also known as OutWiGo), sponsored by America’s State Parks.

Thousands of people across the country are choosing to start the New Year by hiking in state parks, forests and trails, according to a statement. For many, MNR staff say it becomes a family tradition to get out and reconnect with nature.

“Being active in the outdoors by hiking or other forms of winter recreation is a great way to connect with family and friends in a healthy way. Start the year off on the right foot with a hike in a Wisconsin state park, ”said Steve Schmelzer, director of the DNR’s Parks and Recreation Management Program office.

Day one hikers are invited to share their adventures using the hashtags #OutWiGo and #FirstDayHike on Instagram and Facebook.

Opportunities near you

With more than 22 million visitors, DNR staff say that the parks, forests and trails of the state of Wisconsin present some of the best scenery in the Midwest.

Guided hikers will be available at several properties across the state. Below are some examples:

Additional opportunities for moonlight or candlelight hikes will be organized throughout the winter, explains the MRN. For a full list of events, you can view the DNR’s calendar of events here.

Need to know for day one hike

The above properties may have toilets and heated shelters available during events.

DNR staff say that, to help slow the spread of COVID-19, visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear a mask if distancing is not possible.

A vehicle admission sticker is obligatory to tour the properties of the state park system.

Stickers can be purchased online, in person at individual state parks, over the phone by calling a local state park property office directly during office hours (credit cards accepted), or in person at locations DNR service centers.

Find a map to plan your day one hike here.

To discover all year round

MNR staff also invite Wisconsin residents to create their own hikes by exploring Wisconsin state parks year-round. They say each park offers a variety of scenic winter hiking opportunities to explore.

Visit the MNR Find A Park webpage to find the best place to start your next / first outdoor adventure.


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