Florida State Parks are hosting more than 100 First Day Hikes

Guided hikes will be available at many Virginia State Parks on New Year's Day

If one's New Year's resolution is to get more exercise, spend more time in nature, or enjoy more family activities, a First Day Hike in a Virginia State Park is a great way to kick-off 2017.

Details and other events happening in parks are listed on State Parks' online calendar at Hosted by the Friends of Island Beach, there will be a talk on the history of the park at the Interpretive Center, followed by a short hike.

Osage Hills State Park-Pawhuska: Meet at the ball field at 12:01 a.m. for the first hike. Last year, more than 55,000 people participated on guided hikes that covered over 133,000 miles on 1,100 hikes across the country.

Each of the 26 state parks in Kansas has trails, Lanterman said.

The Indiana State Parks system is once again participating in First Day Hikes, the nationwide initiative aimed at encouraging people to get outdoors.

Mitchell State Park (Wexford County) Jan. 8 at 1 p.m.

First Day Hikes are held in state parks within all 50 states.

Chickasaw State Park (near Henderson), 2-3 p.m. Sunday.

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park (near Pinson), 9-11 a.m. Sunday. There is a three mile hike climbing to the Mt. Defiance overlook on the Halifax trail; or choose the one mile alternate hike with no climb.

In Greater Memphis and West Tennessee, participants in the hikes will have the chance to enjoy wildlife ranging from bald eagles to bobcats and even learn about Civil War history. Meet at 10 the Cornet Bay Retreat Center.

The hikes are offered free of charge, and children are welcome.

Red Rock Canyon State Park-Hinton: Meet at 10 the Rough Horsetail Trailhead for an easy half-mile hike.

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