Nebraska state parks offer January 1st hike to promote exercise and the outdoors in 2013

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraskans are being encouraged to start 2013 off with some exercise at a state park.

Ponca State Park in northeast Nebraska is sponsoring a "First Day Hike" on Jan. 1 to encourage Nebraskans to get active and enjoy the outdoors.

The park will offer unguided hikes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday. After the hike, participants can enjoy hot cider and cookies at the park's education centre.

The hike at Ponca State Park is one of 646 similar events scheduled at state parks around the country.

A valid state park permit is required to enter Ponca State Park.

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