First Day Hikes return in New York
An expanded variety of winter walks and hikes are among the 75 guided hikes scheduled on Jan. 1 across New York. The event has been offered for the past seven years by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Department of Environmental Conservation.
Some facilities offer hikes for different age groups, skill levels and destinations within the parks. Staff from State Parks and DEC, along with volunteers at many sites, will lead the family-friendly walks, which range from one to five miles.
New entries for 2018 include a bird survey, full moon hike, mountain trails, views from a fire tower, and a walk through a maritime forest.
If weather conditions permit, some First Day Hikes may include snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Many host sites will be offering refreshments, giveaways and a drawing for a 2018 annual Empire Pass. Note: Check for cancellations due to frigid weather.
A list of the all the hikes available in New York state on Jan.1 and details about locations, difficulty and length, terrain, registration requirements and additional information are listed at https://parks.ny.gov/events/first-day-hikes.aspx/.
Here are sites in the greater Capial Region:
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar; 9 to 11 a.m.; 518-475-0291
Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton; 4 p.m.; 518-279-1155
Mine Kill State Park, North Blenheim; 11a.m.; 518-827-8690
Moreau Lake State Park, Gansevoort; 11 a.m.; 518-793-0511
Peebles Island State Park, Waterford; 10 a.m.; 518-732-0187
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs; 10 a.m.; 518-584-2000, ext. 116
Schodack Island State Park, Schodack Landing; 1 p.m.; (two hikes) 518-732-0187
Thacher State Park, Voorheesville; 11 a.m.; 518-872-0800
Olana State Historic Site, Hudson; 11am; 518.828.0135 x303
Taconic State Park – Copake Falls, Copake Falls; 1pm; 518.329.3993
Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park; Poughkeepsie; 2pm; 845-834-2867
Hadley Mountain, Hadley, 9 a.m.; 518-623-1200
Poke-O-Moonshine, Keeseville; 10 a.m.; 518-897-1200
Stillwater Fire Tower, Webb; 10 a.m.; 315-785-2263
Willie Wildlife Marsh, Johnstown; 9:30 a.m.; 518-863-4545.
Gloria MazurePost Author
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