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Hike Four State Parks in One Adventure on May 3



Pierre, SD (KELO AM) - On May 3, Newton Hills State Park along with Good Earth State Park, Union Grove State Park and Spirit Mound Historic Prairie is hosting a self-guided hiking/traveling expedition that will take hikers through the scenic areas of each park.

Hikers will have from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to hit the trails at Good Earth State Park, Union Grove State Park, Spirit Mound Historic Prairie and Newton Hills State Park. Participants can begin their hike at any of the parks; however, it is recommended that their last hike be at Newton Hills State Park.

“Participants will find a code word posted in each park,” said assistant park manager John Dummer. “Once the participants have recorded all code words, his or her name will then be entered in a drawing for prizes.”

The coordinates and locations of each code word will be provided upon arrival to each park. The prize drawings will be held at Newton Hills State Park's Picnic Shelter 4 at 5 p.m.

“Participants do not need to start at 8 a.m., but they do need to finish by 5 p.m.,” added Dummer.

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from each park.

Anyone interested in attending this event must register by calling Newton Hills State Park at 605-987-2263 by the day of the event. Anyone requiring ADA accommodations should mention it to park management when registering.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on May 10, 2014.