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First Day Hikes

January 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kick off the New Year by participating in First Day Hikes at Nebraska’s state parks. Nebraska’s annual First Day Hikes are a chance to explore trails, watch wildlife, snap photos and create a lifetime of memories. Each year, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages park-goers to take a hike on Jan. 1 at a Nebraska state park, state historical park or state recreation area. Note: A 2024 state park permit is required to enter parks.

IMPORTANT: Programs may be altered due to weather and trail conditions. Check the state park’s website or social media page for cancellations/modified schedules if severe weather advisories are in the area.

Omaha area First Day Hikes

Platte River State Park: Meet at the Walter Scott Lodge next to the Red Tower for a short (approximately 3/4 mile) hike along the falls trail. Dogs are welcome on a 6-foot leash. Hike is from 9 to 10 a.m.

Schramm Park SRA: Meet in the Schramm Education Center classroom. Two choices for hikes: A short hike along Catalpa Trail, which is flatter terrain, and a longer hike at Schramm Park SRA. Dogs are welcome on a 6-foot leash. Runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Mahoney State Park: Meet at the James Family Conservatory & Nature Center. Guided hikes will begin at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Louisville SRA: Meet near the parking lot by the entry kiosk/park office. Naturalists will provide binoculars, bird books and share some birding basics. Be sure to bring water, snacks and warm clothing. Dogs are welcome on a 6-foot leash. Hike is from 3 to 4 p.m.