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December 29, 2014 Newsletter

Start Your New Year With a First Day Hike

~Visit a Florida State Park on New Year's Day and take part in a hiking extravaganza.~   

Hiking Trail at Little Talbot Island State Park
A view of the hiking trail at Little Talbot Island State Park.

On Thursday, January 1, state park visitors around the nation will take part in an initiative to start their year off by getting healthy and outdoors. As part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes, many of Florida’s state parks are offering hiking opportunities on New Year’s Day. The hikes provide an opportunity for family and friends to get outside and start their new year in a healthy way. The hikes will be guided by park staff and volunteers, who will also provide educational information along the routes.

Hiking is a great way to get active and Florida’s state parks provide many hiking trails that are available throughout the year for all levels of expertise. The Florida Park Service would like to remind all those participating in the First Day Hike of 2015 to arrive dressed appropriately with sturdy shoes or boots and to bring water, healthy snacks, a hat, sunglasses and any other items you may want for your hike.

There are more than 30 hiking events taking place throughout Florida. See a full list below:

Northwest

  • America’s State Park First Day Hike from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna

  • America’s First Day Hikes from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Blackwater River State Park in Holt

  • First Day Hike from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park in Pensacola

  • America’s State Parks First Day Hike 2015 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach

  • America’s State Parks First Day Hikes from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach

  • America’s State Parks First Day Hikes from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City

  • First Day Hike from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee

  • First Day Guided Hike on Red Cedar Nature Trail from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville

  • First Day Hike from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park in St. George Island

  • Northeast

  • First Day Hike at 10:30 a.m. at Little Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville

  • First Day Hike from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak

  • First Day Hike from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve in Cedar Key

  • First Day Hike from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Micanopy

  • First Day Hike from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Troy Spring State Park in Branford

  • First Day Hike from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Dudley Farm Historic State Park in Newberry

  • First Day Hike from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek

  • First Day Hike from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Ichetucknee Springs State Park in Fort White

  • First Day Hike from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Big Shoals State Park in White Springs

  • First Day Hike at 1:00 p.m. at O’Leno State Park in High Springs

  • First Day Hike from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland

  • Central

  • First Day Guided Hike from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales

  • New Year’s Day Hike at 9:00 a.m. at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park in Fellsmere

  • First Day Hike at 9:00 a.m. at Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland

  • First Day Hike from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka

  • Hike the Hammock from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at North Peninsula State Park in Flagler Beach

  • First Day Hike in Nature from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach

  • First Day Hike from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Sebastian Inlet State Park in Melbourne Beach

  • First Day Out Bike Ride at 10:00 a.m. at Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail in Palatka

  • First Day Hike from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Dunns Creek State Park in Pomona Park

  • First Day Hike from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Lake Griffin State Park in Fruitland Park

  • First Day Hike Beach Clean-Up from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine

  • First Day Hike with a Ranger from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park in Flagler Beach

  • Southwest

  • First Day Hike from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell

  • Southeast

  • First Day Hike at 10:00 a.m. at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach

  • First Day History Hike from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park in Fort Pierce

  • First Day Hike from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach

  • First Day Hike at 10:00 a.m. at Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key

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