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The Telegram
  • New York State Parks to celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes

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  • ALBANY — The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will sponsor 24 guided hikes in state parks and historic sites on New Year’s Day as part of the third annual First Day Hikes program taking place across the nation.
    Among the hikes scheduled is one at 1 p.m. at Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. For more information, call 607-547-8662.
    Other sites include Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, Sackets Harbor, beginning at noon; Robert Wehle State Park, Henderson. starting at 10 a.m.; Moreau Lake State Park, Gansevoort. from 10 a.m. to noon; and Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, beginning at 10 a.m.
    “Begin a new tradition with your family and join us for with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks or sites this New Year’s Day,” said New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey in a news release. “From guided woodland walks and gorge hikes to snowshoe treks and historic walking tours, First Day Hikes are a great way for people to de-stress during the holidays and kick off 2014 by spending time surrounded by winter’s outdoor splendor.”
    Held New Year’s Day, First Day Hikes offer a way to connect with the outdoors, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. State park staff and volunteers will lead the family-friendly walks and hikes, which average one to three miles or longer depending on the location. Many hikes will offer refreshments.
    “These family-friendly First Day Hikes provide a great chance to get outside and experience the beauty of our parks, stay fit and build lasting traditions with loved ones,” said Priscilla Geigis, president of the National Association of State Park Directors, in the release.
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