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GFP News - December 22, 2015

america’s State Parks to Host First Day Hikes

Share your adventures using #FirstDayHikes.

PIERRE, S.D. - Make a New Year’s resolution to your health and happiness by kicking off 2016 with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you. On January 1, all 50 states will be participating in the fifth annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with a guided outdoor exploration.

"First Day Hikes are a great way to start off the year after celebrating the holidays," said South Dakota state park acting director Bob Schneider. "South Dakota is offering a variety of hikes to choose from statewide."

The sponsored hikes range from less than one mile journeys to longer, more intense workouts, depending on the state and terrain. South Dakota is offering 11 hikes across the state.


First Day Hikes originated more than 25 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation - a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. Last year, more than 41,000 people covered over 79,000 miles on 997 hikes across the country.

This year’s event coincides with the National Park Service’s Centennial, a celebration of the 100 years of stewardship of natural resources in state and national parks. State parks across the country are encouraging Park Service staff to join in on the First Day Hikes.

All participants are encouraged to log their adventures on social media with #FirstDayHikes.


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