First Day Hikes planned at state parks in county

December 26, 2011

First Day Hikes are scheduled Sunday, Jan. 1, at state parks in Maryland.

Greenbrier State Park and Fort Frederick State Park in Washington County are two of the many parks in the state participating.

A “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” hike around the lake is planned at 1 p.m. at Greenbrier State Park. The 1.5-mile hike is for all ages.

For more information, call Greenbrier State Park at 301-791-4767. Dogs on a leash are welcomed. Greenbrier State Park is at 21843 National Pike (U.S. 40), on top of South Mountain near Boonsboro.

Fort Frederick State Park’s First Day Hike is titled “Wildlife Adapting to Winter.”

It will start at 11 a.m. and last about an hour.

For more information, call Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155.

“We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks. First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting off the New Year with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks,” said Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina.

There are 17 parks participating across the state.

“What better way to kick off the New Year than with a hike at a state park?” said Ruth Coleman, president of the National Association of State Park Directors. “Think of it as the start of a new and healthy lifestyle for the whole family. Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, join us at one of America’s State Parks on New Year’s Day.”

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First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks. Many other states have offered outdoor recreation programs on New Year’s Day, however, this is the first time all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes.




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