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New Hampshire's First Day Hikes 2015

First Day Hikes offered individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a free organized hike on January 1, 2015. Registration is now open:




Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site, Portsmouth NH

Onsite registration from 12:00pm to 12:45pm.
Event begins at 12:45pm.

Join Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests land stewards for a guided natural history tour of the Little Harbor Loop Trail.  The Loop Trail is considered an easy hike, 1.5 miles in length, and approximately 1-1.5 hours to hike.  Land stewards will be present to share the natural history of the abutting Creek Farm.  Join us to seek signs of wildlife, watch shorebirds on the tidal flats, discover a tidal pool and enjoy the many varieties of tree and plants that highlight Creek Farm as a unique coastal habitat.  After the hike, enjoy a warm drink and snack inside the beautiful Drift Art Gallery and stop by the Eastern Mountain Sports tent to check out the latest and greatest gear for this winter season.


Weeks State Park, Lancaster NH

Onsite registration from 12:00pm to 12:45pm.
Event begins at 12:45pm.

WOOF WOOF!!  For the first time ever we will be hosting a dog friendly hike.   Bring the four legged friend along for a casual hike, guided by park staff, up the Mt. Prospect auto road. The auto road which is about a 3.2 mile round trip and should take about 3 hours.  Dogs must be leashed at all time and owners are responsible for carrying out all pet waste.  At the summit guests will gather around a fire and have the chance to roast marshmallows while listening to Rachel Bruce, Park Manager and Weeks State Park Association members interpret the historical significance of the property. Tubbs Snowshoes will offer a limited supply of demo snowshoes for the hike.  After the hike, gather around the base of the auto road for a warm drink and healthy snack supplied by the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa.


Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey NH

Onsite registration from 11:00am to 11:45am.
Event begins at 11:45am.

Join Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests land stewards for a guided 3 mile hike along the Parker Trail to the Little Mountain Viewpoint- (approximately 3 hours).  For those looking for a more leisurely hike of 2 miles, join park staff  for a nature walk along the Parker Trail to the Cliff Walk Trail junction and back, which will take approximately 2 hours on relatively flat terrain. Park staff will share tips on spotting animal tracks, plant/tree identification, and some of the mountain’s history.  After the hike, take part in a warm drink and snack while warming up next to the fire in the Hiker’s Cabin. Stop by the Eastern Mountain Sports tent to check out the latest and greatest gear for this winter season. Tubbs Snowshoes will offer a limited supply of demo snowshoes for the hike. 


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Photos From 2014 Event