Did You Know? Winter Solstice Facts

On the shortest day of the year, December 21, visit Atwood Lake Park to celebrate the Winter Solstice with a self-guided hike!

Enjoying the Outdoors is brought to you in partnership with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Take a self-guided hike along the Woodland Trail and bridge by the light of many luminaries and candles. Afterward, head to the Activity Center for hot chocolate and cookies! Create a fun time capsule to commemorate 2022. The luminaries will be lit and refreshments will be available between 6 and 8pm.

Before bundling up and heading out, check out these fun winter solstice facts!

Your shadow will be the longest it’s been all year at noon on December 21st!

The translation of “solstice” is “sun stands still.”

Every planet has a winter solstice.

Parking for the Winter Solstice hike is available at the Activity Center and the hike will be up to 2.6 miles long. Since it is self-guided, you can make it your own and go farther or turn around sooner, if needed!

Looking Ahead

Winter Solstice Hike at Atwood Lake Park December 21

2023 Actives Coming Soon!

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Responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the state and led the effort to construct 14 dams and reservoirs. The MWCD has jurisdiction for its operations in all or portions of an 18-county area. The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Washington.

Audrey Mattevi, Reporting

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