A state parks naturalist will lead hikers on a “First Day Hike” at Minneopa State Park, near Mankato, on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
Interested hikers should meet at the park’s picnic shelter, near the waterfalls, at 10 a.m. Scott Kudelka, a Minneopa area naturalist, will lead hikers from the Upper Falls area down into the Minneopa Creek Gorge. Kudelka will discuss natural and historical points of interest.
The hike will involve moderate physical activity and walking on uneven, possibly slippery terrain. Hikers should wear shoes and clothing appropriate for outdoor weather, and bring drinking water. The hike will last about 90 minutes.
There is no charge to attend this event, but vehicles are required to have a permit ($5 daily or $25 year-round), which can be purchased at the park.
All state park systems in the U.S. will host “First Day Hikes” on New Year’s Day as part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s state parks to get people outdoors. The hikes offer an opportunity to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and celebrate the holiday with friends and family. For more information, click here.
Minneopa State Park was established in 1905 and is the third oldest state park in Minnesota. The park features a scenic double waterfall that drops almost 40 feet. The historic walking bridge over the falls was recently reconstructed and is once again open to the public.
The park is located off U.S. Highway 169 and State Highway 68.
More information, including a virtual tour of the park, click here.
People can also call Scott Kudelka, 507-384-8890, or the DNR Information Center, 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.