ALBANY, N.Y – The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will sponsor 21 guided hikes in state parks on New Year's Day as part of the second annual First Day Hikes initiative taking place in all 50 states.
"First Day Hike programs are a wonderful way for families to welcome in the New Year with a fun and healthy activity," said NYS Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey.
State park staff and volunteers will lead these family-friendly hikes, which average one to three miles or longer depending on the park.
The programs include treks identifying animal tracks, a seal walk, winter woodlands, an historic walking tour, and evening hike and more.
The First Day program was launched nationally to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks.
Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain, registration requirements and additional information are listed here.