First Day Hikes take place all across the USA on New Year's Day. The hikes began as a way to promote America's State Parks while encouraging the public to start off the new year with a healthy, outdoor active lifestyle.
“Studies have proven that getting outdoors is one good way to relax and recharge the body, mind and spirit.” stated Phil McNelly, Executive Director of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). “We hope that hiking along a trail in a state park will become part of an individual’s or family’s regular exercise routine.”
First Day Hikes occur each New Year's day and some states even offer multiple hikes. First Day Hikes originated in Massachusetts 20 years ago. In the USA, all 50 state park systems sponsor First Day Hikes.