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First Day Hikes Offer Healthy Start to New Year

Celebrate 2018 in Maryland’s Parks and Public Lands

Photo of hikers joining Secretary Mark Belton on a First Day Hike in 2017The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites everyone to welcome in the New Year with a First Day Hike!

Maryland Park Service rangers, staff and volunteers will lead more than 30 hikes on public lands and state parks New Year’s Day, as part of a nationwide event sponsored by¬†America’s State Parks.

These hikes will provide a wide array of outdoor adventures and experiences for every level of hiker and walker, providing unique access to Maryland’s cultural, historical and natural resources and treasures. Some are even pet-friendly!

Numerous state forests and wildlife management areas will also be open Jan. 1 for self-guided treks.

“Taking part in a First Day Hike is my favorite way to start the New Year,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and experience the beauty of nature and our state parks while taking in some fresh air and camaraderie. It is a great way to get some exercise after the holiday season as well as spend some quality time together with family and friends.”

In 2017, more than 2,000 First Day Hikers logged more than 4,000 miles statewide.

Map showing 2018 First Day Hike locations across Maryland