Take a hike! Custer State Park takes part in First Day Hikes
CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. — If your resolution was to spend more time exercising, or more time outdoors, state parks across the country provided the perfect opportunity.
Many parks welcome in the new year with a series of First Day Hikes, on the first day of the new year. Three of those hikes were held in Custer State Park, and I chose to tag along on Stockade Lake Trail.
Stockade Lake Trail can be accessed by parking at the the lake. This hike was about 1.5 miles and rated “moderate”.
Other guided hikes offered in the park of January 1 were Little Devils Tower, which is three miles (or more, depending on which starting point you choose) and rated “strenuous”, and Creekside Trail, which is an “easy” one mile hike.
Dozens of other hikes are offered in Custer State Park though, so there’s something for everyone, depending on your skill level and the landscape you want to see.
If you’re ready to lace up your boots and head out on some trails this year, the Forest Service has a few recommendations to make your experience as safe and rewarding as possible.
First, practice using equipment. Then, when you’re ready to go, plan your itinerary, food, and water, and leave a copy of that plan with a friend.
Some things to bring along include warm, waterproof clothing, food and water, a light, and a first aid kit.
In winter, warm gear is extra important, and so is starting the hike early, since the sun goes down early. Once you’re equipped for a safe hike, head out and have fun!