Millwood State Park will host the annual First Day Hike event on Monday, January 1, beginning at 1:00 p.m., according to assistant park superintendent Dennis Allen. The event will feature a 1 ½- mile guided hike along Waterfowl Way trail, led by a member of the park staff. This event is free to the public, and everyone is invited.
According to the American Hiking Society, First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s state parks to encourage people to get outdoors, get their hearts pumping and enjoy the beauty of a state park. Allen states that the local hike will allow participants an excellent opportunity to learn about the plants and wildlife of Millwood State Park. Hikers are encouraged to wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the outdoors and bring cameras and/or binoculars for viewing and photo opportunities.
Millwood State Park affords abundant opportunities to view watchable wildlife such a deer, beavers and other land animals, as well as migratory birds such as white pelicans, cormorants and bald eagles.
Park visitors who are interested in participating in the hike should meet the park staff at the trailhead parking lot.
Millwood State Park is located on Arkansas Highway 32, 9 miles east of Ashdown. For more information about the First Day Hike, contact Millwood State Park at (870) 898-2800.