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Fort Mandan Offers a Lewis & Clark Twist on the National First Day Hike Phenomenon

Posted on 12/15/2016

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a free Fort Mandan First Day Hike on New Year's Day.

First Day Hikes, an initiative by America's State Parks to get people hiking on January 1st, is now in its sixth year. According to recreation.gov, in 2016 alone participation soared from 28,000 to 55,000 people at 1,100 state parks, with a combined total of 110,000 miles hiked.

The Fort Mandan First Day Hike joined the fun in 2016. It may be the most immersive opportunity to winter like Lewis & Clark ever offered to the general public. Participants can borrow authentic period coats and hats on this guided walk along the forested banks of the Missouri River to Fort Mandan. There they can explore the Expedition's winter cabins while enjoying historic refreshments and the warm glow of the fireplaces.

Fort Mandan will be one of several First Day Hikes in North Dakota. Others are planned at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Cross Ranch, Fort Stevenson, and Turtle River State Parks. A complete list can be found at stateparks.org.

The hike, which will be less than a mile, begins at 1:00 pm on January 1st at the Fort Mandan Visitors Center, which is 2.5 miles west of the ND Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at the intersection of US 83 and ND 200A.

Participants should come dressed for temperature and snow conditions, because historic clothing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the event must be cancelled due to weather or snow conditions, a notice will be posted at https://www.facebook.com/LewisClarkND/. Participation is free. All children must be supervised by an adult or guardian, and pets must be on a six-foot leash.

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan will be closed for the New Year's holiday.

The event is co-sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.




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