Hiking is the answer.
It doesn’t matter what the question is.
I love this.
Hiking is one of the best ways to explore a new place, whether it be while on vacation or just taking time to experience a public park close to home that you haven’t been to before.
That’s the purpose of Dickinson County Conservation’s monthly Hike the Wild program, and the next two hikes will likely bring locals and visitors to two new places outside of Dickinson County.
Experience Fort Defiance State Park in the fall during the next hike Tuesday, Sept. 26. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji and then caravan to the Spring Creek trailhead at Fort Defiance in Estherville.
The approximately two-mile hike is considered moderate, over varied terrain and crossing bridges over Spring Creek. Kuhlman and naturalist Ashley Hansen will talk about the nearby forest vegetation and wildlife and how it compares to the prairie areas that have been home to previous Hike the Wilds this year.
Fort Defiance State Park is a beautiful place to explore, with hills, ravines, running water, and forests full of changing foliage colors.
The Oct. 24 Hike the Wild will again start at 9:30 a.m. at the Dickinson County Nature Center and will then bring people to Loon Lake Cemetery, walking along the mowed grass path to talk about the historical significance of the site and why it’s important to local culture.
Hike the Wild is held the fourth Tuesday of each month year-round, although November’s Native Thanksgiving hike will be changed to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Kenue Park. The final hike of 2017 will focus on winter survival tips and will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Kenue Park.
For more information on Hike the Wild and other Dickinson County Conservation Board programming, visit them online or call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.