Hike Hudson 2017! In Search of Bigfoot (9/1 – 11/30)
It’s been nine months since Bigfoot (or at least Bigfoot’s life-sized silhouette) has been spotted in Hudson parks. Now that leaves are falling and the foliage is thinning out, participants in “Hike Hudson: In Search of Bigfoot” will have a chance to spot Bigfoot again.
“Hike Hudson: In Search of Bigfoot” encourages area hikers to explore the wide variety of Hudson’s parks. The Friends of Hudson Parks’ annual hiking event runs September 1 – November 30. Bigfoot’s “shadows” will be hiding in each of the thirteen parks included in the event (see below).
Hikers who pose with Bigfoot and post their photos to Instagram #HudsonParksBigfoot will be entered into a prize drawing – ten random winners will receive a Bigfoot Patrol membership kit!
In addition, participants who complete at least eight of thirteen designated trails between September 1 and November 30 can earn a prize. This year’s prize is a 14 gauge steel Bigfoot bottle opener handcrafted by local metal artists Todd and Diane Neal of Kindred Metal (www.kindredmetal.com). Prizes will be awarded to the first 200 hikes who submit completed entry forms (available here, with complete rules for the event) by November 30.
Completed forms may be dropped off at the Destination Hudson Visitor Center, 27 East Main Street (the historic Town Hall), or Open Door Coffee Company, 164 North Main Street. Interested individuals also may pick up entry forms at either of those locations.
The hiking event, now in its fifth year, allows participants to choose from more than fourteen miles of multipurpose trails at the following locations:
- Barlow Farm Park
- Bicentennial Woods
- Boston Mills Park
- Cascade Park
- Colony Park
- Darrow Road Park
- Hudson Springs Park
- Maple Grove Park
- Nicholson Trail
- Trumbull Woods
- Turnpike Trail
- Veterans Way Park
- Wildlife Woods
Friends of Hudson Parks also will host two educational group walks on Saturdays 9/23 and Saturday 9/30, both beginning at 9 a.m.
9/23: The group hike will be at Trumbull Woods, led by Friends board member and historian Lisa Lebovitz. She will guide hikers through the history of the Trumbull Woods property.
9/30: Local geocaching experts Bill and Sue Holman, known as the Muddy Dawgs, will lead a guided hike at Hudson Springs to teach the skills involved in geocaching. Open Door Coffee Company is offering coupons for a free cup of coffee to those who join either of the group hikes (while supplies last).
Hike Hudson and other 2017 activities are made possible in part through the support of “Best Friends” annual sponsor, Hudson Preschool Parents.