Lake Brownwood State Park to hold third First Day Hike on New Year's Day

Brownwood first day hike

BROWNWOOD, Texas - New Year's Eve means people are making those New Year's resolutions, and if one of yours is to exercise more, Lake Brownwood State Park may be the place to start off 2014.

Lake Brownwood State Park officials will be holding their third annual First Day Hike at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

"Studies have shown that moderate exercise is good for everybody," Lake Brownwood State Park Superintendent John Holland said. "Being outside is good."

People can hike the Texas Oak Trail, which is about a mile long. Those who want something more challenging can hike the Nopales Ridge Trail, which won't officially be open to the public until March.

"It's not a real hard walk, but it's going to be a long one," Holland said. "It's about three miles in length, and that's for the ones who want to get a little more exercise and spend a little longer walking around."

Holland said this is a chance to see wildlife as well as the lake.

According to Holland, about 130 people attended last year and he hopes there will be closer to 200 people in attendance this year. He encourages everyone to wear comfortable shoes. Walking sticks are also helpful.

Holland said they will have hot chocolate in the evening, provided by members at the Flagship Inn.

Admission is $4 per person for those ages 13 and older. Anyone younger than that can hike for free. For more information, call the park office at (325) 784-5223.

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