Snowshoeing involves walking or running over soft snow without sinking in, using a lightweight, typically-oblong platform that straps on each of the user’s feet.  They were once used for transportation but now are used mostly for recreation and fitness.  It is a great way to use paved or less improved trails or get into back country areas when there is snow on the ground.  The types of snowshoes that are used can depend on whether the terrain is flat, hilly or mountainous.  If it’s a snowy winter, find an event near you where you can rent snowshoes and give them a try!  At some Get Outdoors PA events, you can even make your own.

Activity Description

Snowshoeing for 30 minutes will burn 272 calories.

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First Day Hike & 5K Fun Run
Hills Creek State Park

Start out on the right foot in 2019 with a short hike, exploring nature in winter at Hills Creek. This slow-paced, family-oriented hike will be less than 1.5 miles in length. If conditions warrant, limited snowshoes will be available or you are encouraged to bring your own.

Also, back this year, is the 5K Fun Run around the lake. It's a no frills no cost run where you record your own time and have some fun challenging your friends to some healthy competition or just challenge yourself to healthy activity.

Limited hot chocolate will be provided FREE! Leftover holiday treats not included, but you can bring those to share!

Come early or stay late – the sledding hill is nearby or you can explore more trails or the plowed campground roads throughout the park.

Part of the Winter Outing Series: More events throughout January and February, updates, trail conditions and more at 


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