Featured image: Homolovi State Park in Winslow, Arizona (photo credit: Arizona State Parks & Trails)
Take a hike for the new year! Choose from more than 400 hikes in state parks nationwide during the annual First Day Hikes on January 1. Explore nature and get a good workout at the same time.
Some parks also offer hikes on New Year’s Eve. And there are a few polar bear swims.
First Day Hikes began more than 25 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, Massachusetts, south of Boston. It’s part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to get people outdoors. Last year, more than 62,000 adults and kids participated in guided First Day Hikes on 1,300 trails covering at least 114,000 miles.
All First Day Hikes are free.
Here’s a list the First Day Hikes, alphabetical by state.
- Alaska (link to list in PDF)
- Indiana (link to list in PDF)
- Maine (link to list in PDF)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico (link to list in PDF)
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina (link to list in PDF)
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
A wave crashes near Sunset Bay State Park, south of Charleston, Oregon. Sunset Bay State Park is among the hundreds of parks nationwide hosting First Day Hikes in 2018. (photo by Cheryl Landes)