NC state parks celebrate 100th year with New Year hiking program

North Carolina’s state parks system launches its centennial year with 46 guided hikes on New Year’s Day 2016.

State parks Director Mike Murphy says the hikes will usher in a year of anniversary events planned throughout the state.

The Division of Parks and Recreation says the offered hikes range from short leg stretchers to six-mile treks. The varied events include a photography hike, the unveiling of an art trail, scavenger hunts and a “polar plunge.”

A complete list of hikes is available at the NC State Parks website.

North Carolina’s “first day hikes” began at Eno River State Park in Durham and Orange counties more than 40 years ago. Last Jan. 1, nearly 3,000 visitors collectively walked more than 7,000 miles on state park trails.

For the first time in 100 years, everyone is invited to hike up Chimney Rock Park Road!

State parks across the nation are offering First Day Hikes as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation at America’s state parks.


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