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Celebrate the New Year With Hikes on January 1, 2014

(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation in partnerships with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests , Eastern Mountain Sports, Alpina, Nansen Ski Club and Shaw’s Supermarkets will sponsor free, guided hikes in three state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. This initiative offers individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2014 at a state park close to home. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.

“We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks.  First Day Hikes is a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting off the New Year with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks,” said Phil Bryce, Director of New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. “We are fortunate to collaborate with wonderful partners to help provide First Day Hike activities at Monadnock State Park, Milan State Park and Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site.”  

The following are the NH First Day Hike Locations:
  • Monadnock State Park, located in Jaffrey, event will start at 11:45a.m. Park staff will lead a hike along the Parker Trail.  It is considered a moderate hike, 2.8 miles in length round trip and will take approximately 2-3 hours to hike at a casual rate.  
  • Milan Hill State Park, located in Milan, event will start at 12:45p.m. This location will host a XC ski/snowshoe event sponsored by the Nansen Ski Club. The event will have trails available for all abilities for XC skiing.
  • Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site, located in Portsmouth, event will start at 12:45p.m.  The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests volunteer land stewards will lead a hike along the Little Harbor Loop Trail.  It is considered an easy hike, 1.5 miles in length, and will take approximately 1 hour to hike at a casual rate.

Pre-register online or contact Eric Feldbaum, nhfdh@dred.nh.gov or 603-271-3556 with questions.  More information is available on our First Day Hikes webpage.