On New Year’s Day, America’s State Parks have all 50 states offering FREE, guided First Day Hike Programs. These hikes provide a means for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature.
Last year nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country on the guided hikes. Numerous others hiked state park trails throughout the day.
- The guided First Day Hikes are led by knowledgeable state park staff and volunteers.
- The distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family.
- People are invited to savor the beauty of the state park’s natural resources with the comfort of an experienced guide so they may be inspired to take advantage of these local treasures throughout the year.
Check out a State Park near you and get out for a First Day Hike to start the New Year off right.