Maryland part of national effort to sponsor hikes in all 50 State Park systems
Join your family and friends on a First Day Hike on January 1, 2014 in Maryland State Parks. These easy to moderate hikes are family friendly and an invigorating way to get outdoors on New Year’s Day. From Assateague State Park on the Eastern Shore, to Herrington Manor State Park in Western Maryland, state park staff will hike alongside families and guide you through some of Maryland’s most beautiful public lands.
First Day Hikes is part of a national effort to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation in all 50 state park systems. These hikes are hosted to encourage people to get outside, and also offer a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off extra holiday calories.
Enjoy winter’s beauty in Maryland, where you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get outside and play on New Year’s Day. Maryland State Park First Day Hikes offer families a chance to view migratory wildlife, learn about Maryland’s flora, view an historic lighthouse, and most importantly, reconnect with nature and friends and family members. Several hikes offer options to bring along your family pet on a leash.
Weather appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes are a must, as Maryland winters can vary greatly across the state. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks, as well as a camera to capture cherished memories. The American Hiking Society offers outdoor enthusiasts helpful cold weather hiking tips: http://www.americanhiking.org/cold-weather-hiking/
Planning to be traveling outside Maryland for the New Year? Recreation.Gov provides a list of all 50 State Park websites so you can plan your First Day Hikes adventures.