Special to Iredell Free News

Lake Norman State Park rangers are offering three hiking opportunities on New Year’s Day.

On Wednesday January 1, early risers can participate in the Beaver Dam Hike from 9 to 11 a.m. This hike will take a look at North America’s biggest rodent, the beaver. The hike will begin at 9 a.m. and will leave from the Visitor Center (759 State Park Road). The hike will be approximately three miles in length and may involve trekking off trail. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing.

From 10 to 10:30 a.m., families with younger kids or those just wanting a good stretch of the legs will enjoy hiking the less demanding 0.8-mile Alder Trail, which follows the shorelines of Norwood and Hicks Creek. Participants can expect to discover flora and fauna which call the park home. The hike will begin at 10 a.m. and will leave from the Visitor Center.

The final First Day hike will be on the Lakeshore Trail from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lake Shore Trailhead (193 Shortleaf Drive). Participants can expect to discover the flora and fauna which call the park home during the winter months. The hike will be approximately three miles in length, so plan accordingly with comfortable shoes and plenty of water.

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