First Day Hike – Washington State Park

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Washington State Park will host a First Day Hike on Jan. 1, 2023, starting at Thunderbird Lodge! This year’s theme is “Hike, Bike and Trike,” with a choice of two options. Participants can either take part in an interpreter-led guided hike along the base of the rugged 1,000 Steps Trail, or they can bring any human-powered wheeled equipment, such as bikes, trikes or strollers, to pedal or walk along the Big River Day-Use Area/Shelter #2 access road. After going out approximately 0.5 mile, both groups will meet up at Shelter #2 before returning to the starting point, for a total of about 1 mile. Following the hike, a warming station and snacks will be provided.

1,000 Steps Trail is a natural surface trail and is open to hiking only – no equipment allowed – whereas the Big River Day-Use Area/Shelter #2 access road is a vehicle road surface, which allows for use by all equipment and also makes for a more accessible hiking option.

Participants should dress accordingly for this outdoor winter experience.

This event is free and open to all ages. For more information to check the status of the hike, call the park office at 636-586-5768.

Registration for this event is required, and a signup link will be available here:

First Day Hikes are promoted by America’s State Parks. Click here to view more First Day Hikes at Missouri State Parks.


Sunday   1:00 pm — 2:00 pm
13041 State Highway 104
De Soto, MO 63020

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
Smoking Allowed Outdoors Only
Guest Reservations Needed?
Reservations Required