Although not yet well known in all states, First Day Hikes originated over 30 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, outside of Boston. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles and year round recreation at state parks.
From coast to coast, park staff and volunteers will lead family-friendly hikes that average one to two miles or longer depending on the state park. Getting everyone outside and unplugged, especially kids, is a fun way to begin 2024. Details about hike locations, difficulty, length, terrain and more are listed on the America’s State Parks website.
Whether you’re staying close to home or are on the road this season, the First Day Hikes program is a great opportunity for the whole family to resolve to start a healthier lifestyle. Take in a scenic view from atop a hill, traverse around a lake or pond, breath in fresh air. Surround yourself with the quiet beauty of nature in the winter season, and benefit from the company of a knowledgeable state park guide. Dress warmly in snow gaiters and have a happy, healthy New Year!