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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hike by candlelight on Gateway State Trail Feb. 13

Minnesota state parks and trails will host a candlelight hike on the Gateway State Trail in Maplewood on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Participants will be able to hike along a one-mile segment of the trail lit with candle luminaries, warm up around campfires along the way and enjoy hot cider and other refreshments.

"There's just nothing quite like being out for an evening walk with your family or friends on a candle-lit trail, under twinkling stars and a moon," said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. "As anyone who's ever been to a candlelight event at a Minnesota state park or trail knows, it's an unforgettable experience." The event is free.  Recommended parking is at the Maplewood Community Center/Ramsey County District Court off of White Bear Avenue in Maplewood. Note that winter events may sometimes be changed or canceled due to weather. 

The Gateway State Trail stretches 17.9 miles from Cayuga Street in St. Paul to Pine Point in Stillwater. For more information call 651-231-6968, or visit www.mndnr.gov.

For additional ideas on what to do at Minnesota state parks and trails this winter, families can check out the "Winter Activities Guide" at www.mndnr.gov/winterguide and the calendar of events at www.mndnr.gov/parks or pick up a copy of the winter Programs and Events brochure at the park. To request a brochure by mail, send an email to info.dnr@state.mn.us or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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