Letchworth among NY parks to conduct guided hikes Jan. 1

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will sponsor 24 guided hikes in state parks and historic sites on New Year’s Day as part of the third annual First Day Hikes program taking place across the nation.

First Day Hikes give individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Jan. 1, 2014 at a state park or site close to home.

Letchworth State Park in Castile, NY is among the parks in the program, with two hikes offered (young children/older children) at 1 p.m. Call (585) 493-3600 for more information.

“Begin a new tradition with your family and join us for with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks or sites this New Year’s Day,” said New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “From guided woodland walks and gorge hikes to snowshoe treks and historic walking tours, First Day Hikes are a great way for people to de-stress during the holidays and kick off 2014 by spending time surrounded by winter’s outdoor splendor.”

Held New Year’s Day, First Day Hikes offer a great way to connect with the outdoors, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Participants can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of the season and spectacular vistas, and benefit from the company of a knowledgeable guide. State park staff and volunteers will lead these family-friendly walks and hikes, which average one to three miles or longer depending on the location. Many hikes will be offering refreshments.

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