01/01/2018 - 12:00pm
01/01/2018 - 3:00pm
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(Concord, NH) – What better way to kick-off 2018 then a hike within a New Hampshire State Park on January 1, 2018For the eighth year, New Hampshire State Parks will host free hikes in 5 parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day HikesThese hikes provide the opportunity for individuals and families to welcome in 2018 in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature.

“The First Day Hikes initiative has allowed New Hampshire to offer visitors a unique experience in the off season. First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting off the New Year with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks,” said Phil Bryce, director of the NH Division of Parks and Recreation.

The following is the 2018 New Hampshire’s First Day Hike schedule:

  • Silver Lake State Park, in Hollis, starts at 12:00 p.m. Beaver Brook Nature Center, Nor’easters snowmobile club and park staff will be on hand to assist with a pet friendly self-guided 1 mile hike in the park and along the abutting Woodmont Orchard. 
  • Wellington State Park, in Alexandria, starts at 12:00 p.m. Parks staff, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, and the Newfound Lake Association will lead a pet friendly moderate 1.5 mile hike through the park.
  • Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site, in Portsmouth, starts at 12:00 p.m. The Society of New Hampshire Forests volunteer land stewards will be on hand to interpret a hike along the Little Harbor Loop Trail. It is considered an easy hike, 1.5 miles in length, and will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to hike at a casual rate.
  • Milan Hill State Park, in Milan, starts at 12:00 p.m. Park staff, the Nansen Ski Club, and Alpina Sports will host cross country skiers and snowshoers of all skill levels on 16km of groomed cross country ski trails.
  • Pisgah State Park, Winchester, starts at 12:00 p.m. The Friends of Pisgah State Park, with the help of park staff, will offer a gentle 2 mile round trip hike along the Doolittle trail leaving from park headquarters.     

To register for the First Day Hikes and to find more information, visit nhstateparks.org. For questions, please contact Eric Feldbaum, nhfdh@dncr.nh.gov or 603-271-3556.

About the Division of Parks and Recreation

The Division of Parks and Recreation is comprised of the Bureau of Park Operations, Bureau of Historic Sites, Bureau of Trails, and Cannon Mountain. The Division manages 932 properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides, and natural areas. The Division of Parks and Recreation is one of four divisions of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.  To learn more, visit www.nhstateparks.org, follow NH State Parks on Facebook and Twitter, or call 603/271-3556