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Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Hamlin Beach State Park
Self Guided hike through the Day Use of Hamlin Beach State Park. For more information please call (585) 964-2462.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Selkirk Shores State Park
Come join us for an invigorating walk through our old growth forest on our beautiful Frog Pond and Goose Foot trails. Rain or shine, popcorn and hot chocolate will be served at no charge at the park office. For more information please call (315) 298-5737.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 07:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Witness the first sunrise of 2023 from Archery Field Overlook, the breathtaking "Grand Canyon of the East" view at Letchworth State Park. This easy hike on mostly-level ground offers wonderful views and great photo opportunities. Due to the possibility of temporary road closures for winter weather, please use the Castile gate at 6787 Denton Corners Road, Castile, NY. For more information please call (585) 493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Witness the first sunrise of 2023 from Archery Field Overlook, the breathtaking "Grand Canyon of the East" view at Letchworth State Park. This easy hike on mostly-level ground offers wonderful views and great photo opportunities. Due to the possibility of temporary road closures for winter weather, please use the Castile gate at 6787 Denton Corners Road, Castile, NY. For more information please call (585) 493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
Take a self-guided tour around the Fort Ontario Military Reservation and learn about,   "BUFFALO SOLDIERS, FORT ONTARIO, AND OSWEGO'S BLACK BELT" 1908 – 1911. Dress warm and add a layer! For more information please call (315) 343-4711.

Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gilbert Lake State Park
Enjoy a guided hike around the beautiful lake, and afterwards warm up by the fires in the Briggs pavilion. Park in Briggs parking lot. For more information please call (607) 432-2114.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 09:00 AM
Montauk Point State Park
Join our State Park naturalist as they guide a scenic beach walk to an area where up to four species of wintering seals may be observed. Along the hike, there may be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. If you'd like, bring binoculars! Good luck! Secure a reservation at www.tinyurl.com/sealwalk2223. Space is limited. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend. Please try to arrive 10 minutes before the start time. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking. We will be outdoors for approximately 2 hours and the hike is approximately 3-miles long. Strollers are not recommended. For questions, contact (631) 668-5000.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike with Saw Mill River Audubon Society
Sunday, January 1, 2023 09:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Start off your New Year with an invigorating 1.5 mile walk along the Hudson River across the beautiful landscapes of Rockwood Hall. The hike is guided by Larry Trachtenberg of the Saw Mill River Audubon Society, so we will keep an eye out for winter birds including both Bald Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks often seen in this park. Vaccination required. If you reserve tickets and cannot attend, please cancel your reservation via Eventbrite so the tickets may be made available to others who are wait-listed. Thank you! please register via Eventbrite at www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events. Tickets will be available mid-December. If heavy rain/ice/snow or road closures occur, the walk will be canceled. You will be notified via email the day before. Dress warmly since it's always colder by the Hudson.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 09:00 AM
Seneca Lake State Park
Kick off the new year with a refreshing stroll along the north shore of beautiful Seneca Lake.  The walk will be on our paved path and is fully accessible.  This year we would like to encourage everyone to bring a kite with them to fly in the athletic fields after the walk.  We usually have a steady breeze.  Let's see how many we kites we can get up at the same time! Event is rain or shine.  Refreshments provided before and after while supplies last.  Pet leashes must be no longer than six feet please. For more information please call (315) 789-2331.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
Get your New Year off to a great start with a hike along the new Quaker Run Area Multi-Use trail. The Quaker Run Area is where Allegany State Park was born 101 years ago, and this year's "First Day History Hike" is an easy trek featuring 20 historical tidbits of information about the features that can be found in this area of the park. The Quaker Store Museum will be open for this special event. The Friends of Allegany State Park will provide hot dogs and chips from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Camp Turner. Dress for the weather and be sure to wear appropriate footwear and/or snowshoes. For more information, please contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at 716-354-9101 ext. 232 or AlleganySP@parks.ny.gov.  
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Beaver Island Nature Center
Enjoy the crisp air and winter landscape as we wander through the park! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Beaver Island State Park
Enjoy the crisp air and winter landscape as we wander through the park! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Bethpage State Park
Come join us on a New Year's Day hike at Bethpage State Park. Look for signs of rabbits, hawks, foxes and owls along the trail. Exits points will be posted along the route to allow you to shorten the hike length and return to the parking lot. Rain or shine. Bring water and a snack. For more information please call 631-962-0217.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Catharine Valley Trail
Come join the Friends of the Catharine Valley Trail on a walk along the CVT as we ring in the new year! Some goodies and giveaways provided while supplies last. For more information please call (607) 481-0584.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Join us for a hike through the pine barrens. We will answer questions if requested but will focus on enjoying the walk with new people to start the New Year. Come prepared for rain or shine. For more information please call (631) 581-1072.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Delta Lake State Park
Join us for an easy jaunt through the forest along the Fox Run Trail to see what wonders of winter there are at Delta Lake. Refreshments afterwards, collecting canned food for food drive. Pre-Registration required, for more information please call (315) 337-4670.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike-Chasing Frozen Waterfalls
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Explore one of Thacher Park's most popular trails past frozen waterfalls, pine and hemlock forests in a winter wonderland hike! Total distance is approximately 2 miles. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike: First Day Big Tree Walk
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Evangola State Park
Start your New Year off right with an invigorating hike through Evangola and visit the parks largest trees! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike: First Winter Stroll Along the Lake
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fort Niagara State Park
Join us for a walk to welcome the New Year along Lake Ontario where we'll see migrating waterfowl and traverse the trail along the shore. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike Rochester
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
Start the New Year off with an easy walk along Genesee Valley Greenway State Park, which was once part of the Genesee Valley Canal & Railroad. Enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding wooded wetlands while looking for birds, animal tracks or other signs of wildlife. We'll start at Brook Rd and go north toward Black Creek. This walk is suitable for all levels with options for shorter of longer distances. The longest walk will be about 4 miles roundtrip to see a unique double-arched stone culvert over Black Creek. Genesee Land Trust will provide warm drinks and light snacks. Please meet at Brook Rd Parking Area – 30 Brook Rd, Rochester, 14623. In case of severe weather, please check Genesee Valley Greenway State Park on Facebook for event status. Parking is available at the meet site. Please follow all current Covid-19 guidelines for indoor/outdoor activity. Dress weather appropriate. If there is snow, feel free to bring your snowmobile, snowshoes and/or skis.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Glimmerglass State Park
One mile self-guided hike through the woods and along the shoreline of Otsego Lake. The trail is a loop and returns to the parking lot. The hike starts at 10:00 AM and the first 100 people will receive a FDH giveaway. The hike closes at Dusk. Bathrooms are very limited so please plan accordingly. A Porta Jon is located at Beaver Pond and a Public Restroom is available at the Park Office if staffing allows. Trail surface might be snow and ice packed. Wear appropriate footwear/snowshoes for the conditions. Hiking/ski poles might be beneficial for balance. For more information please call (607) 547 8662.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
Start off the New Year with a brisk walk on the bridle trail around Hempstead Lake. Enjoy the sights and sounds on the beautiful 3-mile trail. To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventure.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Hike a loop around Trout Pond, the human-enhanced wildlife habitat, fishing pond, and water source for the fountain at the Glen Iris Inn. Experience the hushed, densely fern-covered pine woods in their winter slumber beside the beautiful pond. Due to the possibility of temporary road closures for winter weather, please use the Castile gate at 6787 Denton Corners Road, Castile, NY. For more information please call (585)493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Enjoy a guided hike on the Highbanks Trail with great views of the Mount Morris canyon. The Hogsback Overlook provides great views of one of the park's most dramatic geological features. Enter the Mount Morris gate, near 130 North Main Street, Mount Morris, NY 14510. Parking lot near the swimming pool will be on your left. For more information please call (585)493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Meet our educators at Field 10 to learn more about the seals along the bay side of Jones Beach. Bring binoculars, and proceed with a trek along the water. Wear multiple warm layers, hats & gloves recommended, boots or waterproof shoes, bring binoculars for seal viewing. For more information please call (516) 809-8222.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Enjoy a guided hike on the Highbanks Trail with great views of the Mount Morris canyon. The Hogsback Overlook provides great views of one of the park's most dramatic geological features. Enter the Mount Morris gate, near 130 North Main Street, Mount Morris, NY 14510. Parking lot near the swimming pool will be on your left. For more information please call (585)493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Hike a loop around Trout Pond, the human-enhanced wildlife habitat, fishing pond, and water source for the fountain at the Glen Iris Inn. Experience the hushed, densely fern-covered pine woods in their winter slumber beside the beautiful pond. Due to the possibility of temporary road closures for winter weather, please use the Castile gate at 6787 Denton Corners Road, Castile, NY. For more information please call (585)493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Kick off the New Year in the outdoors! Join us for this annual event held across New York State. Choose your own adventure with two hike options: a guided family-friendly hike around half-mile North Field Loop (1:00 pm) or a self-guided hike on trails of your choice (10:00 am–2:00 pm)! We have 5 miles of winter trails open. Snowshoes will be provided if conditions allow. Preregistration is recommended in case of cancellation due to inclement weather. For more information please call (315) 482-2479.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Olana State Historic Site
Celebrate the New Year with expansive views! Channel 19th century artist Frederic Church's taste for exploration during special hikes of the winter landscape at Olana.Learn more about Olana's special winter exhibition, Chasing Iceberg's, as you explore Olana's 250-acres. Each hike will begin at the Wagon House Educational Center at the historic farm complex at the bottom of the site and cover about 1 mile; please wear weather appropriate apparel and comfortable footwear. FREE registration required. For more information or to reserve spots on our waitlist, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Orient Beach State Park
A walk through our Eastern Red Cedar forest to the salt ponds, one mile each way. For more information please call 631 323 2440.
Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Peebles Island State Park
Ring in the New Year with a hike around picturesque Peebles Island, and learn about the rich history of the Island with a chance to view bald eagles, deer and other wildlife. Bring cameras and binoculars. For more information please email friendsofpeebles@gmail.com. 
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Robert G. Wehle State Park
We will be going down snakefoot trail along the lake and back up the Wehle road to the visitor center. We will be having lunch after the hike at the maintenance building. For more information please call (315) 938-5302.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park

Ring in the new year with a guided hike/snowshoe through the park! Participants will experience several mineral springs and other unique natural features during our first hike of the year. Dress appropriately for conditions. Prepare to bring snowshoes/traction aids if conditions warrant.  Some snowshoes are available. Inclement weather (such as high winds, snow/ice storm or extreme cold) will postpone this event. Pre-registration is required, please email Allison.Schweizer@parks.ny.gov. For more information please call (518) 584-2535.

 
Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Join Staatsburgh staff on a 2 mile hike through old grove forest.  Visit and learn the history of the Eames family Revolutionary War cemetery, the Hoyt  Mansion, and Norrie Point.  Hot coco and cider will be served at the Taconic Regional Office auditorium afterward." Hike is weather permitting. If the hike is cancelled due to bad weather, registrants will be notified by phone call. Facility mailing with street address:  (for shipment of posters and giveaways – no PO Boxes) Staatsburgh SHS c/o Taconic Regional HQ 9 Old Post Rd, Staatsburg, NY 12580. To register, please go to www.Bookeo.com/StaatsburghSHS. For more information please call (845) 874-0568.

Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Sterling Forest State Park
Join us for a mild 4 Mile hike around scenic Sterling Lake. Along the way hikers will enjoy historic remaining structures of the iron industry, some predating the revolutionary war. Event is weather permitting – We will call registered participant in case of cancellation. Trail is not maintained so wear appropriate foot wear and attire. Bring water and a snack. For more information please call (845) 351-5907.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Taughannock Falls State Park
Start off the New Year by making a healthy resolution you will love to keep: a breath-taking hike to Taughannock Falls on the Gorge Trail! If you are up for more of a challenge you can continue up to the Overlook on the North Rim trail, across to the Multi-use trails and then make your way back to the parking lot.  Fun facts and park trivia signs will be placed along the trails.  Plan on being outside for at least an hour (more if you hike all 5 miles), please dress for the weather, bring water and wear appropriate footwear.  Park staff will greet hikers at the start of the Gorge Trail by NYS Route 89.

Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike-Chasing Frozen Waterfalls
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
Explore one of Thacher Park's most popular trails past frozen waterfalls, pine and hemlock forests in a winter wonderland hike! Total distance is approximately 2 miles. Registration required. Call 518-872-0800.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Kick off the New Year in the outdoors! Join us for this annual event held across New York State. Choose your own adventure with two hike options: a guided family-friendly hike around half-mile North Field Loop (1:00 pm) or a self-guided hike on trails of your choice (10:00 am–2:00 pm)! We have 5 miles of winter trails open. Snowshoes will be provided if conditions allow. Preregistration is recommended in case of cancellation due to inclement weather. For more information please call (315) 482-2479.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike: A Sound Start
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Whirlpool State Park
Come and tune into nature's soundscape. What wonders of nature will we discover just by listening? Let us find out on this lovely winter morning! This event is weather permitting, do people need to bring anything, refreshments afterward, etc. Nature Journal is optional but encouraged. For more information please call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:30 AM
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
Ramble through FDR State Park with your guide Terry Ducey for a fun and fact filled First Day Hike. Easy 2-mile hike, no pre-registration, no leashed pets. Dress in warm layers with hats and gloves. Meet up in North end of pool parking lot. Free of charge.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Join us for a hike to Middle Falls and Upper Falls, two of Letchworth State Park's largest waterfalls. This easy hike over mostly flat surfaces offers incredible views and explores exotic trees, as well as state and national champion trees, plus the Glen Iris fountain, known to some as the "Ice Volcano" in the winter. Due to the possibility of temporary road closures for winter weather, please use the Castile gate at 6787 Denton Corners Road, Castile, NY. For more information please call (585)493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Join us for a hike to Middle Falls and Upper Falls, two of Letchworth State Park's largest waterfalls. This easy hike over mostly flat surfaces offers incredible views and explores exotic trees, as well as state and national champion trees, plus the Glen Iris fountain, known to some as the "Ice Volcano" in the winter. Due to the possibility of temporary road closures for winter weather, please use the Castile gate at 6787 Denton Corners Road, Castile, NY. For more information please call (585)493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
From the beach and the marsh, to the creek and the forest, come join us as we hike through a sampling of the different habitats that Sunken Meadow State Park has to offer! Rain or shine. For more information please call 631-581-1072 or 631-269-4333.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Bike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 11:00 AM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
Next Level Mountain Biking will be leading a ride in the Red House area. Meet at the Administration Building at 11:00 AM on January 1, 2023. The pace and the length of the ride will be moderate and be determined by the participants. No one will be left behind. Participants may split into different paced groups, if necessary. Fat bikes are suggested, given the range of conditions likely to be present, however, use your best judgement for the conditions of the day. Questions: Contact Kristian Reiber at nextlevelmountainbiking@gmail.com or 716-785-2685.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 11:00 AM
Clark Reservation State Park
The Friends of Clark Reservation will once again host a "First Day Hike" event on January 1, 2022 from 11 am to 1 pm. There will be guided hikes: an easier "walking hike" (about an hour) on mostly flat or slightly inclined ground, as well as a more challenging hike (about 2 hours) for those who would like more of a challenge. Hikers are also welcome to hike on their own. Refreshments will be available at the Clark Reservation Nature Center from 12 to 2. For more information please email FriendsOfClarkReservation@gmail.com. 
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike Avon
Sunday, January 1, 2023 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
Join us in Avon at the Erie-Attica Trail parking lot for hot dogs, snacks, and beverages. Warm yourself by the campfire before embarking on a hike along the Erie-Attica Trail for 1 mile to Genesee Valley Greenway State Park, then hike north or south for as many miles as you wish. This event is cohosted by some of our snowmobile clubs, so if there is enough snow, we invite you to bring your snowmobile! Please meet at Erie-Attica Trail Parking Area. In case of severe weather, please check Genesee Valley Greenway State Park on Facebook for event status. Parking is available at the meet site. Please follow all current Covid-19 guidelines for indoor/outdoor activity. Dress weather appropriate. If there is snow, feel free to bring your snowmobile, snowshoes and/or skis.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike York
Sunday, January 1, 2023 11:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
This location offers 3 different starting points but all end with a yummy lunch and campfire at the York Landing Parking Area at 12:15pm. All hikes will offer unique views of farmland, forest, and the Genesee River. The 3 starting points are Piffard, Rt 63 – Yard of Ale restaurant parking lot-hike north 2.8 miles, Fowlerville, Fowlerville Rd-hike south 2.6 miles, and York, York Landing Parking Area-hike north/south. In case of severe weather, please check Genesee Valley Greenway State Park on Facebook for event status. Parking is available at the meet site. Please follow all current Covid-19 guidelines for indoor/outdoor activity. Dress weather appropriate. If there is snow, feel free to bring your snowmobile, snowshoes and/or skis.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 11:00 AM
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
Ring in the New Year with beautiful scenery and fresh air of the Hudson Highlands down at the Hudson River's shoreline!! Join us on New Year's Day starting at 11 a.m. for free hot cocoa, coffee, snacks, music, fireside warmth, short naturalist-led hikes around Little Stony Point (about 1 mile), or a hike to nearby historic Cornish Estate (3 miles round-trip).Free hot cocoa, coffee, snacks, music and fireside warmth.  For more information please email littlestonypoint@gmail.com.

Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike: First Day Dog Walk
Sunday, January 1, 2023 11:00 AM
Knox Farm State Park
Welcome in the new year with your best friend and a park naturalist! Together, we will explore wintry wonders of Knox Farm. Please make sure you and your dog are prepared to be out in the elements. Additionally, all dogs should be on a non-retractable leash no more than 6 ft. in length and should be cleaned up after. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 11:00 AM
Mine Kill State Park
Explore the open grasslands, old and new forests, and frozen wetlands on a two-mile hike through Mine Kill State Park and land owned by the New York Power Authority. Near the end of the hike, those who are interested will have the option to borrow a pair of binoculars and join our staff by the boat launch to look for eagles over the Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir. Light refreshments and binoculars  will be provided, but participants encouraged to bring their own water and snacks. For more information please call (518) 827-8690.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join us to welcome in the New Year as we explore the nature trails and look for wildlife in the diverse habitats of the park!  There will be a leisurely option (shorter and slower) and a speedier option (longer and a bit faster). Depending on trail conditions there may be cross-country ski/snowshoe options for the hike.  We have a limited number of snowshoes in all sizes available to borrow: first-come first-served.  If you have your own equipment bring it! For more information please call (518)563-6444.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike Hinsdale
Sunday, January 1, 2023 12:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
Join us for an easy, yet invigorating 2-mile walk along a very secluded section of trail heading east along Oil Creek. This hike will be led by members of the Hinsdale Historical Society who will serve hot chocolate afterwards. Please meet at Hinsdale Methodist Church, Main St. In case of severe weather, please check Genesee Valley Greenway State Park on Facebook for event status. Parking is available at the meet site. Please follow all current Covid-19 guidelines for indoor/outdoor activity. Dress weather appropriate. If there is snow, feel free to bring your snowmobile, snowshoes and/or skis.
Sun 01 Jan
Croton Dam Walk
Sunday, January 1, 2023 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Greet the New Year with an easy 2-mile total loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Free, small group, open-air 2 hour hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam.  Meet near the restrooms at the rear of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567 (free parking).   The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.  The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City.  (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station:  15-minute taxi.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks optional, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Please pre-register for the Hike online: aqueduct.org/events

Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Chenango Valley State Park
Come join us for an afternoon of hiking! We'll be offering two hikes of varying difficulty and distance. Our first hike will be a shorter walk of approx. 2-3 miles. It will take you through some of our easier trails and we'll talk about the park and its history along the way. The second hike will be a bit longer, covering approx. 4 miles and will take you on some more difficult trails. Nothing too serious, but the hills may get your heart pumping a bit more. You may even break a sweat. We'll have everyone meet at the large stone building near our beach parking area, where we'll have some drinks and snacks to get you fueled up before the hikes. Any questions, please call 607-648-5251 for more information. we will provide some drinks/snacks, but bring your own if you would like something specific. Hike will take place in any weather conditions. 
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Spend New Year's Day the right way—in the woods! An educator will lead you on our annual "First Day" 2-mile hike on our trails and point out various plant and signs of wildlife. Dress for weather and be ready to hike up to 2 miles starting at the nature center with us. For more information please call (347) 215-0225.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Spend New Year's Day the right way—in the woods! An educator will lead you on our annual "First Day" 2-mile hike on our trails and point out various plant and signs of wildlife. Dress for weather and be ready to hike up to 2 miles starting at the nature center with us. For more information please call (347) 215-0225.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Come to the Connetquot River State Park Preserve to visit and tour the Main House and Od Grist mill. Hear about the history of this park and the buildings. Come prepared for rain or shine. For more information please call (631) 581-1072.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike Cuba
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
Enjoy a delightful 2.5 mile roundtrip walk along Genesee Valley Greenway State Park with the one and only Mike Landowski! Hikers are invited to The Palmer Opera House, 12 Main St, Cuba (1/2 mile from Bull St), afterwards for refreshments, warmth, and restrooms! Please meet at Bull St at gazebo. In case of severe weather, please check Genesee Valley Greenway State Park on Facebook for event status. Parking is available at the meet site. Please follow all current Covid-19 guidelines for indoor/outdoor activity. Dress weather appropriate. If there is snow, feel free to bring your snowmobile, snowshoes and/or skis.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike Scottsville
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
Begin the year off right with a self-guided walk along the newly resurfaced Genesee Valley Greenway State Park! Hiking is all day but join us between the hours of 1-3 to warm up by the campfire. Head south to the Lehigh Valley Trail and Genesee River Bridge overlook for a 5-mile round trip, or, if you prefer, head north or south to the next crossroad for a shorter 2-mile roundtrip. Please meet at Canawaugus Park. In case of severe weather, please check Genesee Valley Greenway State Park on Facebook for event status. Hike participants are invited to the fire pit at Canawaugus Park before starting their self-guided hike along the Greenway. Parking is available at the meet site. Please follow all current Covid-19 guidelines for indoor/outdoor activity. Dress weather appropriate. If there is snow, feel free to bring your snowmobile, snowshoes and/or skis.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
Start the new year out right enjoying nature and getting outdoors. Hike is moderate, although it is open to any age group. About 2 miles. No charge. No strollers.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Please join us for a two-mile trek on the Erie Canal Trek and enjoy the magic of nature in the winter season! ? Please dress for the weather. Feel welcome to wear snowshoes! For more information please call (315)823-0398.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
See the Mount Morris Dam as only a winter hiker can, with hard-to find views exposed by bare trees. Hear stories of the creation of the Mount Morris Dam and its importance to communities on the Genesee River, including some of the most productive farmland in New York and the City of Rochester. Enter the Mount Morris gate, near 130 North Main Street, Mount Morris, NY 14510. Parking lot near the swimming pool will be on your left. For more information please call (585)493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Join us for a hike to Middle Falls and Upper Falls, two of Letchworth State Park's largest waterfalls. This easy hike over mostly flat surfaces offers incredible views and explores exotic trees, as well as state and national champion trees, plus the Glen Iris fountain, known to some as the "Ice Volcano" in the winter. Due to the possibility of temporary road closures for winter weather, please use the Castile gate at 6787 Denton Corners Road, Castile, NY. For more information please call (585)493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Kick-start your New Year's resolutions with a Self-Guided Historic Landscape Tour of John Jay Homestead. John Jay began to inherit his land near Bedford, New York in 1785, three years after his father died. He began developing the land as an income-producing farm in 1787, strictly as an investment at first. He developed it further in the late 1790s, to become his home in retirement. His descendants lived into the 1950s, and as you walk around the property, you will see many features developed by the different generations of the Jay family. Check www.johnjayhomestead.org after 10am for weather-related cancellation. For more information please call (914) 535-0024.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
See the Mount Morris Dam as only a winter hiker can, with hard-to find views exposed by bare trees. Hear stories of the creation of the Mount Morris Dam and its importance to communities on the Genesee River, including some of the most productive farmland in New York and the City of Rochester. Enter the Mount Morris gate, near 130 North Main Street, Mount Morris, NY 14510. Parking lot near the swimming pool will be on your left. For more information please call (585)493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
Join us for a hike to Middle Falls and Upper Falls, two of Letchworth State Park's largest waterfalls. This easy hike over mostly flat surfaces offers incredible views and explores exotic trees, as well as state and national champion trees, plus the Glen Iris fountain, known to some as the "Ice Volcano" in the winter. Due to the possibility of temporary road closures for winter weather, please use the Castile gate at 6787 Denton Corners Road, Castile, NY. For more information please call (585)493-3680.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike at Minnewaska: Frozen Waters
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Welcome the new year with an invigorating hike to see the Peter's Kill stream as it rushes beneath an icy blanket of frozen water and snow. Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, as we hike first to the bridge across the Mossy Glen Footpath, where we will observe the icy cascades of the winter stream. Next, we'll retrace our steps and continue on to see Awosting Falls in all its winter glory. When conditions are cold enough, a volcano-like structure of ice forms beneath the waterfall. A constant stream of green water flows down the sides of this ice cone, carving out new routes along the icy base every few minutes. The total distance for this outing is approximately three miles on a combination of a footpath, which is more narrow, and wide carriage roads. Although the walking is mostly flat, surfaces may be very icy, so participants are encouraged to bring Micro Spikes or other ice traction devices and to dress appropriately for the cold. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Lower Parking Lot. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike at Sam’s Point
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
Begin the new year with a First Day Hike at Sam's Point! What better way to start off 2023 than with an invigorating snowshoe outing for the entire family? Join us for an approximately three-mile loop hike through the scenic Park Preserve. Snowshoes may be rented for this program for a fee of $5 per person. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If renting snowshoes, please arrive early. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is required by calling Sam's Point at 845-647-7989.
Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Celebrate the New Year with expansive views! Channel 19th century artist Frederic Church's taste for exploration during special hikes of the winter landscape at Olana.Learn more about Olana's special winter exhibition, Chasing Iceberg's, as you explore Olana's 250-acres. Each hike will begin at the Wagon House Educational Center at the historic farm complex at the bottom of the site and cover about 1 mile; please wear weather appropriate apparel and comfortable footwear. FREE registration required. For more information or to reserve spots on our waitlist, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Peebles Island State Park
Ring in the New Year with a hike around picturesque Peebles Island, and learn about the rich history of the Island with a chance to view bald eagles, deer and other wildlife. Bring cameras and binoculars. For more information please email friendsofpeebles@gmail.com. 
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
The suggested hike route on the historic site's and community's trail system offers sweeping vistas of Black River Bay, wide open space farm fields, a sheltered peaceful wooded habitat, and village streets replete with diverse architectural styles. If icy conditions prevail, the hike is not recommended. For more information please call (315) 646-3634.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Start the year off right by joining the SCSP education team for our 4th Annual First Day Hike! Rain or shine, hike will be on gravel trails with slight inclines. Participants should wear close-toed shoes. For more information please call 718-277-2420 x5003
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
We will be hiking to 1.5 miles to Bash Bish Falls from the Copake Falls Park Office (Round trip 3 miles). Hike will start at 1pm a bonfire and hot chocolate will be served on return to park office. Event is for all ages, leashed and well behaved dogs also welcome. Rain or Shine, Traction devices if weather requires. For more information please call (518) 329-3993.

Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2023 01:00 PM
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
There is nothing nicer than viewing the great view of the icy Hudson River from 210 feet high! Start your 1.28 mile walk on East or West side and meet in the middle for picture taking! Free, leashed pets welcomed, no registration required, and fun for all ages. For more information, please contact 845-834-2867.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike Nunda
Sunday, January 1, 2023 02:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
Join Martha Blair & Jennie Flint from Be Well in Nunda on a 2.8 mile hike along Genesee Valley Greenway State Park. Afterwards, all hikers are invited to drive to the Nunda Historical Society, 24 Portage Rd, Nunda, for refreshments and warmth. Please meet at Town of Nunda new Maintenance Facility, Hay Rd. In case of severe weather, please check Genesee Valley Greenway State Park on Facebook for event status. Parking is available at the meet site. Please follow all current Covid-19 guidelines for indoor/outdoor activity. Dress weather appropriate. If there is snow, feel free to bring your snowmobile, snowshoes and/or skis.
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike: A Golden Beginning
Sunday, January 1, 2023 02:00 PM
Golden Hill State Park
Enjoy the first day of the new year with a stroll through Golden Hill State Park. Please dress appropriately for the weather. For more information please call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sun 01 Jan
First Day Hike: First Sunset Stroll
Sunday, January 1, 2023 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
Enjoy the first sunset of 2023 on an entertaining and informative walk with a park naturalist. This walk can't be mist! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Registration: Required