timberland shops Add adventure to your New Year’s resolutions with Shoe Year’s hikes and other outdoor fun
The following Shoe Year’s guided hikes take place through the first week of January: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Ontonagon County) Friday, Dec. (First Day Hike) Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Barry County) Monday, Jan. (First Day Hike) Straits State Park (Cheboygan County) Saturday, Jan.
Michigan is part of the nationwide First Day Hikes program, coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors and inspired by the First Day Hikes that originated more than 25 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. Last year, more than 62,000 people participated on guided hikes that covered more than 114,000 miles on 1,300 hikes across the country.
If guided hikes don’t work into your schedule, but you are looking for an adventure checklist, here are a few winter adventures suggested by Maia Turek, resource development specialist for the DNR:
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Even a novice adventurer will love the variety of adventure options at this state park destination. A luge, ice skating through the woods, sledding, skiing and even yurt yoga classes are all part of the experience. They happen throughout the winter and around the state, so finding one that works for your schedule should be easy. Rent a fat tire bike from area bike shops or use your own. 17 18. Twice a year, residents and non residents can enjoy two back to back days of fishing without a license. Because the water is 45 degrees year round, this stunning spring is a four season destination. It’s also a great snowmobile stop. Experience exciting cities, explore pristine forests and visit charming towns all across the state. The ski area also offers a launching point for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
“Often, the term resolution for the new year seems daunting, but don’t let it overwhelm you,” said Turek. “From participating in a guided hike along the more than 12,500 miles of state designated trails, cross country skiing on groomed trails and snowshoeing along lantern lit trails to experiencing the ice skating trail at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, these destinations are home to unique and calorie burning options for experiencing the outdoors in the coming year.”