What better way to kick off the New Year than by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories in the great outdoors?First-Day-Hikes
On New Year’s Day, America’s State Parks have all 50 states offering free, guided First Day Hike Programs. These hikes provide a means for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature.
Last year nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country on the guided hikes. Numerous others hiked state park trails throughout the day.
The guided First Day Hikes are led by knowledgeable state park staff and volunteers.The distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family.People are invited to savor the beauty of the state park’s natural resources with the comfort of an experienced guide so they may be inspired to take advantage of these local treasures throughout the year.
Those attending Monte Sano State Park’s First Day Hike will meet at the Large Pavilion in the picnic area. We will hike the North Plateau, approximately 2 miles. This trail has moderate difficulty with no major elevation changes. Children and Dogs are welcome. All dogs are required to be on a 6ft leash.