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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, September 02, 2018 1:00 am

Pokagon challenges its hikers

Journal Gazette

Hikers and nature lovers can now go to Hell and back at Pokagon State Park.

The park, along with the Steuben County Tourism Bureau, is hosting the “Hell's Point Challenge,” a hiking route that links 8 miles of trails at Pokagon.

Along the route, participants will visit historic Civilian Conservation Corps structures, enjoy scenic wetlands, and climb 84 stairs to the park's highest point, known as Hell's Point.

The challenge will begin at the Nature Center, where guests can pick up information about the route. After returning to the Nature Center, finishers can show their photos to park staff to receive a free water bottle and sticker for completing the challenge. To receive the prizes, hikers will need to photograph six specific waypoints.

“The Hell's Point Challenge is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and see some of Pokagon's hidden treasures,” interpretive naturalist Nicky Ball said in a news release. “It's perfect for folks looking to challenge themselves or who are training for other endurance hikes.

“The challenge is also a great way to spend time with a group of friends while enjoying an adventure in northeast Indiana.”

This challenge can be done year-round; however, the Nature Center hours vary depending on the season.

For hours and more information, call the park office at 260-833-2012.