Kick Off 2017 With a First Day Hike in a State Park

This family-friendly program is available in all 50 states

Taughannock State Park, NY in Winter
Taughannock State Park, Ulysses, NY. Brett Maurer/Getty Images

Looking for something fun to do on New Year's Day? Wherever your family happens to be celebrating the New Year, you can get outdoors and participate in a First Day Hike. This nationwide annual program takes place on New Year’s Day in all 50 states, where hundreds of free, guided hikes are led by park rangers, naturalists, and volunteers in state parks.

First Day Hikes originated more than 25 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. In 2011, it became an event in every state.

Note that the distance and difficulty of each hike varies from park to park, but they all offer the opportunity for a fun experience for the whole family. There are shorter options for families with young children, and longer treks for the more adventurous.

Here's a state-by-state listing of where to find information about First Day Hikes:

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