‘First Day Hikes’ popular at state parks across USA

Cape Disappointment (Washington State Parks)

Say goodbye to 2019 and a healthy hello to 2020 by heading outdoors for one of the “First Day Hikes.” This is part of a national initiative led by American Hiking Society and America’s State Parks to get people and their families outside.

There are hundreds of hikes scheduled in all 50 states. Both kids and adults will have fun getting their hearts pumping, taking in the beauty of America’s state parks. Click here for an interactive map .  A few of the planned hikes across America, include the following:

Washington State Parks and Hikes

Cape Disappointment State Park is one of dozens on First Day Hikes organized by Washington State Parks.

Join Interpretive Specialist Aaron Webster on a walk through time and learn the fascinating history of Cape Disappointment. Meet for an easy Boardwalk Trail walk at the Bolstad Beach Approach at 12 noon. The 1.5 mile route is ADA and stroller accessible. Children are welcome. For Cancellation Information call 360 642 3029.  New Year’s Day is the first of Washington’s 2020 State Parks Free Days. 

Florida State Parks First Day Hikes

Florida Lake Kissimmee State Park’s Cow Camp on First Day Hike

Once such hike is an easy 2-mile Buster Island Trail walk at Lake Kissimmee State Park.

The hike will begin at the marina parking lot, “crossing the canal onto Buster Island and will travel back in time to 1876.”

Along the trail you will meet a cow hunter at a cracker cow camp. Park entry fee of $5 per vehicle required. Bring water, sun protection and comfortable shoes.

Virginia Sate Parks ‘Get off on the right foot’

According to Nancy Heltman “all 38 Virginia State Parks will be ringing in 2020 in style with fresh air and activity on January 1 .” The term “Hikes” also means “strolling, biking, horseback riding, rambling, and wildlife viewing.” January 1 is a free park access day so no parking or admission fees are charged at any of the Virginia parks. Visitors will receive a First Day Hike sticker. Click here for a list of First Day Hikes at Virginia Parks

For information about three hikes at Arizona’s Lost Dutchman Park on New Year’s Day click here.

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