Start 2012 off on the right foot, or the left foot.
Take a hike in one of America's state parks on New Year's Day, January 1.
For the first time, all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes. From California to Maine, hikers can climb hills and mountains, identify animal tracks, walk along ponds and beaches, and traverse trails through forests, fields, and prairies. Most hikes are led by experienced guides and are easy to moderate and family-friendly.
First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass. Since then, many other states have offered programs on New Year’s Day, but this is the first year all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes.
Find a First Day Hike near you at www.americasstateparks.org/first-day-hikes.
Or organize your own New Year's hike, ski, or snowshoe. Make it leisurely or challenging. Invite family and friends, or go solo.
Just start the year off right—outdoors.