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First Day Hikes return Jan. 1 to state parks across the country
You can still have that sip of champagne on New Year's Eve: It has carbs you will need for your Jan. 1 hike.
The First Day Hikes program is back, with more than 640 guided walks organized at state parks across the country on the first day of 2013. Pulled together by a group called America's State Parks, all 50 states are participating.
Meant to entice the entire family for a bout of exercise in the great outdoors, area parks are offering plenty of options, including a 1-mile stroll at Jones Beach State Park Nature Center and a 2.5-mile run (or walk, bike or skate, your choice) at Hudson State Historic Park, in Poughkeepsie.
Some events have nominal fees and require registration. For the full list, head to americasstateparks.org/first-day-hikes.
In 2012, the program's inaugural year, The Associated Press reports, 400 events found 14,000 people moving across some 30,000 miles total.
Photo: Massachusetts Governor Patrick Deval and his dog Tobey participate in a First Day hike at Mount Greylock State Reservation in Lanesborough, Mass. (Jan. 1, 2012)