Texas State Parks Invite You to Trek Into the Next Decade

Texas State Parks First Day Hike

Take a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park on New Years Day

Kick off the next decade of adventures at a Texas State Park by participating in a First Day Hike. This New Years Day, Texas State Parks will host a variety of programs for the whole family to enjoy.

First Day Hikes at Texas state parks and natural areasaim to help visitors commit to their New Years resolutions to get healthy.

This has become such a fun event for our teams in state parks and we are once again looking forward to starting off the new year with our visitors on the trail., says Justin Rhodes, Deputy Director of Texas State Parks. Whether you are a novice hiker or seasoned pro, early riser or night owl, beach enthusiast or mountaineer, alone or with your family and friends, you are likely to find the perfect opportunity to start the year in a state park.

The First Day Hikes events range from strolls on scenic trails, midnight walks, polar plunges, bike rides, and short treks with four-legged family members to more strenuous hikes for experienced visitors.

Ring in the New Year on an old trail atBentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Join a park ranger on a 2.5-mile hike to and from the Resaca Vieja Trail starting at 9 a.m. Participants will meet at the park headquarters and are encouraged to bring sunscreen, a hat, water and comfortable shoes.

Texas State Parks First Day Hike

Fort Parker State Parkwill host a black light hike and scavenger hunt at midnight on New Years Eve. Beginning at 10:30 p.m., a park ranger will lead a half-mile hike and uncover the hidden treasures on the trail with a blacklight. The fun will continue with a riddle-me-this scavenger hunt. Then, the new year will be welcomed in around a campfire with hot chocolate and cookies.

In West Texas, visitors can work up a sweat and burn some calories while taking in the splendors of the mountains atFranklin Mountains State Park. Park rangers are hosting a 5.5-mile, moderate hike from 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. along the scenic trail up to Mundys Gap. Hikers will meet at the West Cottonwood Springs trailhead in the Tom Mays Unit and should come equipped with water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes.

Texas State Parks First Day Hike

Hike with dogs looking for their fur-ever homes atLake Brownwood State Parkfrom 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. New Years Day. Pups from NaNook & NaKodas Big Paws Rescue will be at the park and visitors will have a chance to meet and hike with the dogs and even start adoption paperwork if interested. Anyone wanting to participate in the short, easy hike should meet the ranger at the Texas Oak trailhead.

AtSea Rim State Park, visitors can begin their year with a hike on the beach. Texas Master Naturalists will be serving up some luck with black-eyed peas and cornbread snacks. The event begins at 9 a.m. and is set to run until 11 a.m.

Texas State Parks First Day Hike

Last year, 77 state parks hosted First Day Hike events across Texas. More than 3,900 participants walked, paddled and biked 7,086 miles at a Texas State Park. Find a complete list of this years First Day Hike events on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departmentscalendarpage.

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