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For Release: Friday, December 15, 2017

DEC Announces 'First Day' Hike to Stillwater Mountain Summit

State to Lead Hike on Jan. 1, 2018 to Celebrate New Year

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced a 'first day' hike on Jan. 1, 2018, and encouraged New Yorkers to connect with nature and go on a new adventure on the first day of the New Year with DEC. DEC Region 6 staff and members of the Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower will be leading the hike on New Year's Day to the summit of Stillwater Mountain, Herkimer County. The hike will start from the trail head at 10:00 a.m.

"Region 6 is happy to be offering this unique guided hike to the summit of Stillwater Mountain. The views are spectacular and will only be enhanced by the probability of snow. Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower will be providing warm cocoa and coffee. It's simply a great way to welcome 2018," said Judy Drabicki, DEC Region 6 Director.

DEC encourages hikers to come prepared for the conditions: warm layered clothing, water, sunglasses, proper footwear/headwear, and snowshoes if the snow depth is over a foot or so deep. Ski poles or something similar are also recommended to help with balance. Each participant will receive a New York State Parks "First Day" string style knapsack, sticker, and a scarf. In addition, there will be a drawing for an Empire state passport. The Empire passport allows free admission to all the parks and DEC day use areas.

Please RSVP: information.R6@dec.ny.gov or by calling DEC Natural Resources at 315-785-2263.

Map of the Stillwater area

Directions from Lowville: Take County Route 26(Number Four road) to Number Four. Turn right onto Stillwater Road. Follow Stillwater Road approximately 7.7 miles. Turn right onto Big Moose Road. Trailhead is about 2-miles from intersection.

Directions from Eagle Bay: Take County Route 1 west to Big Moose Station (~7.6 Mi.) and continue on County Route 1 for approximately 8 miles to trailhead.

Learn more about winter hiking, safety tips and the NYS Parks first day hikes here:

DEC winter hikes
Hiking safety tips

NYS Parks (leaves DEC website)

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