Special Programs

First Day Hikes

Jump into the New Year with First Day Hikes! What better way to start the new year than enjoying nature with friends and family.

Enjoy a new park, a new activity or just share your old favorites with friends and family. On New Year’s Day, America’s State parks will once again celebrate First Day Hikes.These hikes provide a means for individuals and families to welcome the new year in theoutdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. For many it has become a tradition.

Distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family. Savor the beauty of the state park’s natural resources and be inspired to take advantage of these local treasures throughout the year. Hiking not your cup of tea? Try boating, fishing, horseback riding or any number of activities to celebrate First Day Hikes. Click on your State’s pin on the map below to learn more about hikes near you.

America’s State Parks have been entrusted to preserve a variety of magnificent places from California to Maine. Hikers can experience a plethora of outdoor recreation activities including mountain and hill climbing, walks along lakes and beaches, exploration of trails through great forests, wildlife expeditions, birdwatching and much more. There is something for everyone in our nation’s parks.

America’s State Park programs are committed to promoting outdoor recreation for everyone to help address obesity and nature deficit disorder, especially in children. Furthermore, outdoor activities rejuvenate the mind and body, promoting overall mental and physical health and wellness. For many, time spent in nature enhances creativity, lifts moods and helps us reconnect with each other. Start the New Year off right with a day in natur


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