ATLANTA, GA—What better way to start off 2024 than getting outside in Georgia’s great outdoors after all the holiday treats. Get a jump on those resolutions by lacing up and heading out to one of Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites to celebrate “First Day Hikes” on New Year’s Day.
“First Day Hikes” is a national initiative from America’s State Parks that encourages people to get out and explore nature. It began more than three decades ago, and all 50 states have participated.
Hikers are invited to enjoy the beauty and inspiration found in nature that awaits right in Georgia’s backyard
Rangers at more than 40 Georgia State Parks and historic sites are offering guided adventures where you can connect with friends, family and the great outdoors. Hikers can choose from a variety of distances and difficulties, from kid-friendly strolls to heart-pumping treks. Participants will get a First Day Hikes sticker to commemorate their accomplishments.
Among the more unique programs is ringing in the New Year atop an ancient earthen mound at Kolomoki Mounds State Park. Indian Springs State Park hosts a dog-friendly sensory-awareness hike, while Wormsloe Historic Site showcases colonial history and salt marsh. Hikers can even watch sunset from Tallulah Gorge’s highest point, then write down their burdens and toss them into a campfire. These and dozens of additional hikes are listed on GaStateParks.org.
For guests who want to celebrate New Year’s Eve surrounded by fresh air rather than fireworks, Georgia’s State Parks offer cozy cabins, heated yurts, lodge rooms and modern campsites. Fireworks and sparklers are not allowed in state parks, making them a peaceful choice for the holiday – especially those with dogs. For reservations, call 1-800-864-7275 or book at GaStateParks.org.
Photo Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources