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Step into the New Year at West Virginia State Parks and Forests


Start the New Year on the right foot with a First Day Hike at a West Virginia state park. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. These free guided hikes are designed to showcase the area’s natural beauty while also providing an educational element on subjects such as park history and wildlife.

Hiking is a four-season activity—just remember to dress for the weather! Bring a jacket or coat, gloves and hat. (Even on warmer winter days it’s best to pack some cold weather gear just in case.) Wear boots or suitable winter hiking shoes. Most guided hikes are suitable for all ages and cover distances of 1 to 3 miles. Trekking poles or a walking stick are helpful but not required.

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