Massachusetts is part of a 50-state initiative to start 2016 with a First Day Hike, a chance for local residents and visitors to welcome the New Year outdoors in America’s state parks.
The annual tradition originated at the Blue Hills State Reservation in Milton, Massachusetts 25 years ago, and today the tradition is embraced by all 50 states. Last year, over 997 First Day Hikes were held in state parks across the country, and a record-breaking 41,153 people participated and logged in 79,892 miles of hiking, according to the National Association of State Parks.
“First Day Hikes will provide an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to get outside and enjoy nature,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “It’s a great way to kick off the New Year and discover some of Massachusetts most exceptional landscapes.”
In addition, the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has issued First Day activities across the Commonwealth, ranging from frisbee gold and 5K races to museum visits and yoga class.