Join Vermont State Parks for free, guided 2017 first day hikes


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Hikers take to the woods outside the Groton Nature Center on the first day of 2016 as part of the annual “First Day Hike” tradition started by the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Photo provided

REGION —Start the New Year on the right foot and get outside for a “First Day Hike” in a Vermont State Park. Individuals and groups are invited to join one of several free, family-friendly hiking events taking place on January 1, 2017 throughout the state in beautiful parks and forests. Professional guides and outdoor educators will lead the way, sharing their knowledge and love of the Vermont outdoors.

The hikes having different starting times and anticipated durations. See below for a list of offered hikes and details. Pre-registration is not required; simply show up ready to enjoy the outdoors and the company of other participants. Dress for the weather and bring beverages and snacks. If there are several feet of snow on the ground, please consider bringing snowshoes. Dogs are welcome on leash unless otherwise noted.

Don’t need a guide? Take advantage of the breadth of opportunities to choose your own trek or ramble through Vermont State Parks and forests this winter. Find a park near you and discover a new place in its wintery state. Entry to State parks in the winter is free.

 

Ascutney State Park:

Guide: Scott Davison (The Woodstock Naturalist) Meet: 10:00 a.m. at the ranger station

Hike: 1+ hour, easy terrain. NOTE: Not a summit hike.

 

Hunger Mountain:

Guide: Caitlin Miller from the Green Mountain Club Meet: 9:00 a.m. at Hunger Mountain Trailhead (Waterbury)

Hike: 3.5 miles, 5 hours, moderate to difficult terrain. Hike to the summit if weather permit

 

Jamaica State Park:

Guide: Lowell Lake Park Ranger Scott Renker Meet: 10:00 a.m. by the park office at the entrance

Hike: 1+ hour, 1-mile, easy terrain. Participants will have the option of a longer hike along the same trail.

 

For hike updates on December 31st and January 1st, please call (802) 249-1230. For more information on First Day Hikes and to view additional hike offerings as they are added, visit www.vtstateparks.com or check out Vermont State Parks on Facebook and Twitter.

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