Plans for New Year's Day?

Got any plans for January 1, 2019?

Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will be putting on their hiking shoes on New Year's Day. First Day Hikes celebrate our extraordinary state parks and are a great way to bring in the new year. Park staff and volunteers guide a multitude of First Day Hikes, ranging in difficulty, length, and time of day. Some even offer educational opportunities. Previous years have seen nearly 55,000 hikers out on the trails January 1st.

There is an abundance of First Day Hikes planned for New York park-goers. A wide array of parks across the state welcome individuals to join them. If you plan on attending, call ahead because many parks require registration. If you do not see your local state park, you can still participate in a First Day Hike by organizing a trip with your friends and family. Make sure it’s open for the season first though!

As always, smart winter hiking includes dressing in layers, wearing a hat, drinking water, preventing your water bottle from freezing, and wearing sunscreen.

Here are the New York State parks and historic sites that have planned hikes for New Year's Day 2019:

Allegany State ParkHallock State Park Preserve
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Site
Bethpage State ParkHamlin Beach State ParkPeebles Island State Park
Bowman Lake State ParkHudson Highlands State Park Preserve
Point Au Roche State Park
Caumsett State Park PreserveJones Beach State ParkRockefeller State Park Preserve
Chenango Valley State ParkJohn Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Saratoga Spa State Park
Clay Pit Ponds State Park PreserveKnox Farm State Park
Schodack Island State Park
Delta Lake State ParkLetchworth State Park
Seneca Lake State Park
De Veaux Woods State ParkMine Kill State Park
Sterling Forest State Park
Evangola State ParkMinnewaska State Park Preserve
Taconic State Park
Fort Niagara State ParkMontauk Point State Park
Taughannock Falls State Park
Franklin D. Roosevelt State ParkMoreau Lake State Park
Two Rivers State Park
Genesee Valley Greenway State ParkNiagara Falls State ParkThacher State Park
Grafton Lakes State ParkOlana State Historic Site
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park