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‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ hike

Self-guided holiday event

Whether the weather be frightful or delightful, you have an upcoming opportunity to get outdoors and be an active participant in a holiday-themed event.

The newly formed North County Trail Association’s Central Flyway Chapter and the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge have partnered up for a self-guided hike to celebrate the “12 Days of Christmas” and “12 Gifts of Nature.” The event is set for Dec. 25 through Jan. 6, 2021.

It has all the makings of a very fun event with a several stops along the way that will depict the various presents emblematic of the celebration. According to Glee Mayer, Minot, event organizer, there will also be a protective shelter on the route should conditions be such that hikers may want to take a break from unfavorable weather.

The length of the trail is two miles, perfect for a family outing. Its walking surface consists of concrete, mowed grass and gravel. The trek follows along the Audubon Refuge Prairie Nature Trail and new sections of the North Country Trail, some of which was constructed this past fall. The North Country Trail runs from Lake Sakakawea State Park to Vermont, approximately 4,600 miles.

Four miles of new trail was developed at Audubon NWR this past September by Parker Heydt of Mandan who chose the endeaver for an Eagle Scout project. The Audubon trail winds through some of the most scenic areas of the state. The hike begins at the parking lot at the refuge’s Visitors Center.

There is no fee for participating in the holiday hike, for utilizing the North Country Trail or entering Audubon NWR. Participants are asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear masks while in close contact with others.

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