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Join Us for a First Day Hike on January 1, 2022!

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Looking forward to a fresh start in 2022? Why not plan for something fun on New Year's Day!

Celebrate the new year in the outdoors with a First Day Hike at one of the many events across the state and nation.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invite New Yorkers to kick off 2022 by participating in one of the many hikes being held at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands across the Empire State.

The event options for hikes range from self-guided treks to staff - or volunteer-led hikes, with some locations offering multiple options allowing people the time and space to social distance while still enjoying nature's winter wonders.

The walks and hikes are family-friendly, and typically range from one to five miles depending on the location and conditions. Hikes are planned at state parks and historic sites, and DEC State lands, wildlife areas, Forest Preserve trails and environmental education centers. Please check back for more details (as host locations are still being added) and whether pre-registration is required.

Many New Yorkers thrive in winter and are eager for falling temperatures and consistent snowfalls. To these hardy adventurers, a few extra layers of gear combined with the snowy terrain of parklands is winning recipe for fitness, togetherness and outdoor fun. If you've never been on a First Day Hike, save the date and get out there!

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