Area First Day Hikes canceled due to inclement weather forecast

All of the First Day Hikes planned in the Jefferson County region have been canceled due to the forecast for inclement weather on Jan. 1.

The preview column posted in the Jefferson County Leader newspaper on Dec. 30 highlighted all of the area state parks where events were planned, but a check of each location on the mostateparks.com website indicates that they have been canceled.

Babler State Park is a great place to hike in the winter, or any time of the year, but the forecast for Jan. 1 is not conducive for outdoor activities, so the First Day Hike at Babler and all parks around Jefferson County have been canceled.

Mastodon State Historic Site, Washington, St. Francois, Robertsville, St. Joe, Hawn and Babler state parks all had events planned. Since pre-registration was required, those who signed up should have received a notification about the cancellation.

First Day Hikes had been planned in 34 state parks throughout Missouri and at parks in all 50 states. Sponsored nationally by an organization called America’s State Parks, the annual event encourages getting the new year off to a great start with outdoor activity.

Published by John J. Winkelman

A freelance outdoor writer for more than 30 years

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