All 50 states participate in First Day Hikes event
If “be more active” or “get in shape” was one of your New Year’s resolutions, the First Day Hike can help you get started. Jan. 1, 2015 marks the fourth year that all 50 states have participated in the annual event that hopes to motivate Americans to explore state parks.
The event started 20 years ago, and has been growing in popularity.
Last year, more than 27,000 people hiked about 66,000 miles in the country’s state parks, according to Recreation.gov. Many parks waive their usual entrance fees on Jan. 1 to encourage more people to get hiking.
“I think it’s a great way to start the year,” said Kelley King, the superintendent of Haw River State Park in North Carolina. “It gets you motivated, gets you excited about what you want to do the rest of the year, whether it’s to get in shape or stay in shape.”
For cold weather hikes (which is most of the country Thursday), Recreation.gov recommends dressing in layers, wearing a hat and appropriate footwear, and carrying plenty of food and water.
— Maryland DNR (@AccessDNR) January 1, 2015
— Delaware State Parks (@DEStateParks) January 1, 2015
— Cathy Huska (@HuskaCathy) January 1, 2015
— Patty Talarek (@PattyTalarek) January 1, 2015
— NY State Parks (@NYstateparks) December 18, 2014
Great way to start the new year! Hiking. pic.twitter.com/Nuy8xy0Wpv
— angela town (@TownAngela) January 1, 2015
— MBybee (@mbybee) January 1, 2015
— Doug Redmond (@dougredmond) January 1, 2015
— Phil Gaines (@rangerphil) January 1, 2015
— Sunny Daze (@SunnyDaze41) January 1, 2015
The event is presently managed by America’s State Parks, an alliance of the state parks formed in 2010.
For those still looking for a hike to get this new year started, there is an online directory of trails open Jan. 1.
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