First Day Hikes
12/6/2017 8:45:34 AM

Mississippi will sponsor free, guided and self-guided hikes in state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks 7th Annual First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states and Ontario Provincial Parks. America’s First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2018, at a state park close to home.  First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.

“We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks. First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting off the New Year with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks,” said Mississippi State Parks Director, Jennifer Head. 

The distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family. Details about hike difficulty, terrain, and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America's State Parks website.  For more information visit, or

Participating parks include:

Clark Creek

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Clark Creek Natural Area 366 Ft. Adams Pond Rd. Woodville, MS

County: Wilkinson

This is a strenuous hiking trail so we recommend that you are in good physical health before attempting this park's trails. For more information please contact Mark Cavin at (601) 888-6040 or by email at


Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Clarkco State Park Lodge, 386 Clarkco Road, Quitman, MS

County: Clarke

Make plans now to hike the 3.5-mile trail at Clarkco State Park. For more information please contact Tony Fleming, Manager at (601) 776-6651 or by email at

LeFleur’s Bluff

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: LeFleur's Bluff State Park, 3315 Lakeland Terrace, Jackson, MS

County: Hinds

Make plans now to hike the 2-mile trail at LeFleur's Bluff State Park. Hike will begin at Mayes Lake side of the park at Pavilion 8. For more information please contact Karl Vriesen, Manager at (601) 987-3923 or by email at


Time: 10:00 am - until

Location: Tishomingo State Park - 105 CR 90 - Tishomingo MS

County: Tishomingo

For more information please contact Tishomingo State Park at (662) 438-6914 or by email at

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