The hike will begin at 11 a.m. on Bare Foot Sam Trail just east of the museum (37352 Shrine Road, Florida, Mo.).

The Mark Twain Lake State Park will host a “first-day hike” on Jan. 1, 2016, for those wishing to get a good start on fitness resolutions.

The hike will begin at 11 a.m. on Bare Foot Sam Trail just east of the museum (37352 Shrine Road, Florida, Mo.). The .4-mile trail is moderate in difficulty and is a natural surface; dirt, mud and shifting rocks could be encountered. Make sure you are prepared for the weather conditions and have sturdy footwear.

After the hike, the park will provide a warm fire and hot dog roast for lunch. Following lunch, there will be a guided tour of the Mark Twain Birthplace museum. After the museum tour, the heartier folks can relocate to the amphitheater to hike the 1.75-mile Post Oak Trail. Hikers should bring water and snacks as needed and be prepared for a moderately difficult trail that traverses the hillsides above Mark Twain Lake.

For more information and to register for the hike, call 573-565-3440. In case of inclement weather causing cancellation the day of the event, call 573-565-3440. This hike is being held in conjunction with the national First Day Hike event sponsored by America’s State Parks.