NH First Day Hikes 2021

Start 2021 by connecting with the outdoors!
First Day Hikes are a great way to kick off the New Year and connect with the outdoors and each other. To ensure the safety and health of our visitors NH's First Day Hikes will be virtual, self-guided events this year. These hikes can take place anytime between December 26 and January 1, New Years Day 2021.

Rise to the Virtual Challenge

Since our 2021 First Day Hikes will be self-guided outings, you can choose to explore any of our state historic sites, parks or recreational rail trails at your own pace. Leashed pets are permitted at many parks in the off-season so check our pet-friendly parks webpage if you plan to bring your four-footed friends. Stay safe by choosing a state park that is close to home, hike with less than 10 people and remain six feet from other hikers.

Choose your own First Day Hike location: Please note: normal day-use fees will be collected from 12/26-12/31. Free access will only be offered on January 1 – New Year’s Day (excludes Cannon Mountain Ski Area).

Registration & Season Pass Giveaway

Register for a chance to win a State Parks Season Pass!
Commit to hiking one of New Hampshire's State Parks and enter to win a family season pass for the 2021 season by registering in advance.

A winner will be selected randomly and announced the first week of January.

Share Your Photos & Win Prizes

Share your First Day Hike experience on social media for a chance to win prizes!
We'll be giving away a bunch of parks' swag for the best photos in the categories below. In order to be considered follow us @nhstateparks on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, use the hashtags #firstdayhikes #nhstateparks and tag us in your photo. Pictures must also be taken at one of our NH state park properties between December 26, 2020 - January 1, 2021.
Winners will be selected in each of the following categories:
  1. Best Family Photo
  2. Best Couple or Friend Photo
  3. Best Photo with a Pet (see our pet-friendly page)
  4. Best Photo Highlighting a Natural Feature
  5. Best Photo Taken with a Trail or Park Sign
We'll be featuring the winning photos on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Winners will be selected and contacted during the first week of January.

Sample of prizes:

Here are a few helpful tips to make your day enjoyable:

  • Please remember to check the weather prior to heading out.
  • Follow all social distancing recommendations
  • Dress in layers appropriate for the winter weather and wear appropriate footwear. Make sure someone knows you are out on the trails and when you will be returning from your hike. For more information regarding recommended clothing and gear, please visit Hike Safe (www.hikesafe.com.).
  • Traction devices for wear on footwear are highly recommended (trails may be icy).
  • Maintain 6ft of distance between others.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
  • Move to the side of the trail to allow others to pass.  If unable to maintain 6ft of distance please wear a mask
  • Slow down or speed up to maintain space along the trail.
  • Be sure to pack water and a snack for during the hike.
  • Avoid groups of more than 10 people