County wants everyone to “Take a Hike” Nov. 17

Normally being asked to take a hike can be a bad thing. However, on Saturday, Nov. 17, St. Lucie County is embracing and celebrating the American Hiking Society’s national Take a Hike Day. And we are asking others to join us.

Discover the natural beauty of the county, while learning about and feeling the health benefits of hiking. St Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department, in partnership with the Healthy St. Lucie Coalition’s “Billion Steps Challenge,” is proud to host an event that welcomes residents and visitors to explore four of the county’s most beautiful preserves. You can select one, two, three or embrace the full challenge and attend all four hikes.

· George LeStrange Preserve in Fort Pierce from 8:30 – 10 a.m.

· Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie from 10:30 to noon

· Citrus Hammock Preserve in Fort Pierce from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

· Ancient Oaks Preserve in Fort Pierce from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

This event is free and appropriate for ages 8 and older. Visit www.slchikes.org to register or call (772) 462-2526 for more information.

St. Lucie County has more than 42 miles of hiking trails and more than 10,000 acres to explore. Preserves are open from dawn to dusk every day and free to visit.

The Healthy St. Lucie Coalition’s “Billion Steps Challenge” is a community-wide movement to increase physical activity and healthy living among St. Lucie residents and the largest walking challenge in the history of the county. Registration is open all year long. You can participate individually or form/join teams with co-workers, family and friends. Registration is easy, go to https://healthystlucie.walkertracker.com or download the “walker tracker” app on your mobile device. As of Nov. 5, the challenge has accrued 756,923,355 steps and this event is sure to add more.

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