Head to a Maryland state park for an invigorating First Day Hike to start the New Year right.
All 50 states participate in the annual national event that invites families to celebrate the New Year with guided outdoor adventures. Last year, more than 41,000 people covered around 79,000 miles on 997 hikes in state parks across the country.
Park rangers, naturalists and volunteers will lead outings of various lengths, starting at shorter than 1 mile, through Maryland parks. Most hikes are family-friendly and welcome children of all ages, although a few have a minimum age requirement.
This year, many hikes are pet-friendly allowing leashed dogs, including walks at locations include pet-friendly hikes, such as Greenbrier and Patapsco Valley.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the New Year than connecting with the great outdoors through a First Day Hike,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Maryland Park Service rangers, staff and volunteers invite the public to join them in one of dozens of hikes across the state to learn what makes our state and its beautiful lands so special. I encourage everyone to make a New Year’s resolution to get outdoors and get healthy.”
Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and bring their own drinking water. Participants are also asked to register and encouraged to log their adventures on social media with #FirstDayHikes.
First Day Hikes are offered at 28 Maryland state parks, including Gunpowder Falls, Patapsco Valley, Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Sandy Point and even Tawes Garden in Annapolis.
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