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UPDATE: Due to the weather forecast for New Year's Day, some First Day Hikes have been cancelled or changed. Please contact the park or site directly to confirm details before traveling.

Kick off the New Year in the outdoors with a First Day Hike on January 1, 2018!

Join one of the 75 sponsored hikes being held at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas and trails across the Empire State. The guided hikes are being hosted by New York State Parks and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as part of the 7th annual First Day Hikes program taking place throughout the nation.

First Day Hike

In NY, First Day Hikes are being offered at 59 state parks and historic sites (with some facilities offering multiple hikes for different age groups, skill level and destinations within the park) and 14 DEC wildlife areas, trails and environmental educations centers. Staff from State Parks and DEC, along with volunteers at many sites, will lead these family-friendly walks and hikes, which range from one to five miles depending on the location and conditions.

A sample of this year’s programs include a seal walk, a walking history tour, a snowshoe waterfall hike, pet-friendly treks, gorge walks, military musicology, canal towpath walk, and more. New entries for 2018 include a bird survey, a full-moon hike, mountain trails, views from a fire tower, and a walk through a maritime forest.

If weather conditions permit, some First Day Hikes may include snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The map below includes the full event locations and details. Many of the hikes are also featured in our First Day Hikes event list.

Many host parks require pre-registration so call ahead. And if you attend, be sure to tag us on social #NYSTATEPARKS.

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