2011 Brown County
The 9th Annual Winter Hike will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2011, starting at 9 am. Two routes will take hikers through the rugged and scenic beauty of Brown County State Park. The Southern Loop Hike, 3.5 miles, begins and ends at the Nature Center. The Woodland Hike, 2.75 miles, begins and ends at the park’s Recreation Building.
Parking is available at both buildings. The Hike will be held regardless of weather.
A Winter Hike user fee of $1 per hiker (children under five free) is assessed at park gates as you enter. Normal entry fees also apply. Hikers should plan for about 2 hours hiking time, longer if you are a slow walker or photograph items along the way.
Park interpreters along each trail will relate winter wildlife facts. Troop 190 boy scouts will serve hot drinks and S’mores at each lake shelterhouse. Heated restrooms are located at the park office, Nature Center and at the new winterized showerhouse near the Country Store.
Abe Martin Lodge will serve “Breakfast with the Naturalists” at 7 am, a chance to visit with staff to learn what can be seen, and a “Hiker’s Buffet” starting at 11 am. For meal information, please call the Abe Martin Lodge at (812) 988-4418.
The Friends of Brown County State Park will sell a commemorative Winter Hike patch and yearly chevron starting at 11 am at the Abe Martin Lodge.
What a beautiful time of year to experience quiet backcountry stillness and winter beauty. Dress appropriately and join us.
For more information on the Winter Hike, go to <www. browncounty.com> and see the Winter Events link, or call Brown County State Park Nature Center at (812) 988-5240.