- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas’ Hobbs State Park is helping to keep a New Year’s tradition alive.

Two guided First Day Hikes are scheduled on Jan. 1 on the trails of the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area just east of Rogers.

First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The initiative targeted the start of a new year to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and the year-round recreation that can be experienced in state parks.

Arkansas participants can meet an interpreter in the Van Winkle parking lot for a nature hike on the Sinking Stream Trail. A second hike is scheduled through what was the Peter Van Winkle sawmill community, which was the largest in the state all during the 1870’s.

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