New Years Hike at Wind Creek State Park

Hikers participate in a New Year's day hike at Wind Creek State Park in Alex City on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. The 1.7 mile hike was part of a nation-wide campaign by the National Association of State Park Directors for people to start the new year with a hike.[Alex City Outlook/ Jake Arthur]

A few dozen hikers set off on Saturday morning for a New Year's Day hike at Wind Creek State Park.

The group, led by park superintendent Bruce Adams and district naturalist Scottie Jackson, hiked nearly two miles.

The January 1 hike was part of a nation-wide campaign led by the National Association of State Park Directors.

“This is the first time for Wind Creek to participate in the national registry.” said Jackson. “The idea is to get outside, enjoy fresh air and get a little physical activity in.”

Saturday saw a momentary suspension in the rain. Clear skies and temperatures in the 70s made for perfect hiking conditions.

New Years Hike at Wind Creek State Park

Hikers participate in a New Year's day hike at Wind Creek State Park in Alex City on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. The 1.7 mile hike was part of a nation-wide campaign by the National Association of State Park Directors for people to start the new year with a hike.[Alex City Outlook/ Jake Arthur]

“We could not have asked for better weather.” said Jackson “You never know what you are going to get on the first of the year in Alabama, it could be freezing cold or it could be weather like this.”

Hiking is offered year round at Wind Creek State Park. Day passes are $5 per person and $2 for children under 11 years old.

Jake Arthur is the Chief Videographer for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc. He can be reached by email at jake.arthur@alexcityoutlook.com.

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