First Day Hike participants begin 2022 on the right track

Park manager Katie Shepard spotted an eagle as she guided a dozen hikers along Mulberry Creek Trail. Photo by AnnGardner Eubank

by AnnGardner Eubank

A new year, a new start. While some began the first day of the new year purging their homes of holiday decorations, or mapping out plans to achieve new goals and resolutions, or even recovering from antics of the night before, others stepped into the new year by walking the serene trails of Belle Isle State Park. 

Park manager Katie Shepard was our guide for the First Day Hike, a tradition established by Virginia State Parks years ago. She said she’s been working at Belle Isle for seven years now and this was her sixth year leading the First Day Hikes.

“I’m really excited so many people came out and joined us for our First Day Hikes. It’s really a great tradition the park system celebrates,” she said.

There were a dozen of us that had joined….

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