Get Outside During First Day Hikes

first day hikesAre you an RVer who is getting cabin fever? Is the cold weather, snow and gray skies getting to you? Have you already planned your camping trips for next year and are now chomping at the bit for some fresh air? Don’t wait until spring time time to get your fix of the great outdoors. On January 1, 2014 each of our 50 states state parks will be hosting First Day Hikes.

During First Day Hikes state parks staff hike alongside families and guides them through some of your state’s most beautiful areas. During the hikes you’ll learn about local flora, have the opportunity to view migratory animals, and reconnect with nature, friends, and family. If you’ve got a furry friend at home some hikes allow you to bring them along. From Washington to New York and every state in between people will be given the chance to truly enjoy the beauty that reigns throughout our country.

On January 1, 2013 over 22,000 people hit the trails and hiked more than 43,000 miles! Join the trend this year and help rack up even more miles. This is all part of an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle, get people moving during the new year, and burn some calories. Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to sit inside!

In Maryland, the Assateague State Park/ Judy Johnson Memorial Beach Walk First Day Hike will take you along a land formed by waves where you’ll search for shells and artifacts, and discover how the ever-changing island is constantly re-created. This is a great hike for families with children of all ages and is about 1 mile long. If you’re in the mood for a hike that’s a little longer, check out Cunningham Falls State Park First Day Hike. The 1pm hike is 2 miles long and take you along the Cliff Trail Hike and combines steep climbs and rock scrambling. This hike is intended for adults and is not suitable for children in strollers or parents who are carrying their children on the back. There are over 20 First Day Hikes in Maryland alone. Each one accommodates a different level of fitness and abilities, so be sure to check out the selection.

First Day Hikes are a great way to get out and get moving, but before you commit to heading out make sure you’re prepared. Bring plenty of water and healthy snacks to enjoy. Make sure you’re dressed to handle cold weather. Wear thick socks that wick moisture, layer your clothing so that you can remove layers if you get warm. They key to cold weather hiking is to stay warm, but avoid sweating too much as that will actually make you colder. Last but not least you’ll want to have a good camera to capture the fun you have and memories you make.

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