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First Day Hikes

Join us for a First Day Hike on Saturday, January 1, 2022

woman and child in the woods

Looking forward to a fresh start in 2022? Why not plan for something fun on New Year's Day! Celebrate the new year in the outdoors with a First Day Hike at one of the many events across the state and nation.

DEC and State Parks invite New Yorkers to kick off 2022 by participating in one of the many hikes being held at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands across the Empire State.

The event options for hikes range from self-guided treks to staff - or volunteer-led hikes, with some locations offering multiple options allowing people the time and space to social distance while still enjoying nature's winter wonders. The walks and hikes are family-friendly, and typically range from one to five miles depending on the location and conditions.

See photos from this 2021's event on DEC's Flickr album and check out photos from previous hikes on Flickr.

Check back for updated locations and more details including host locations and if pre-registration is required.