Although not yet well known in all states, First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles and year round recreation at state parks. Currently there are 589 First Day Hikes scheduled for 2013.
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 healthy way to begin 2013. 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 new and healthy lifestyle. Take in a scenic view from atop a hill, traverse around a lake or pond; breathe 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. Happy, Healthy New Year!
Visit http://www.americasstateparks.org/first-day-hikes and click on your state of interest to find a First Day Hike nearest you.