Start your new year on the right foot with a First Day Hike

10 state parks and forests hosting guided hikes New Years Day

Are you one of the many folks who made a resolution to get more exercise in 2022? Then start the new year on the right foot by joining in a First Day Hike!

West Virginia is one of the 50 state park systems that participate in America’s State Parks First Day Hike initiative. These free New Year’s Day hikes are led by state park staff and volunteers.

Good for the body and soul

Studies have shown that hiking is good for both body and mind. According to the National Park Service, hiking builds stronger muscles and bones, improves cardiovascular health, and can even decrease the risk of certain respiratory problems. A Stanford University study found that spending recreational time outdoors can reduce stress, calm anxiety and lower risk of depression.

Hiking also is a great bonding experience for the whole family, whether you’re learning about wildlife, plant life, or just enjoying nature’s beauty. A variety of terrain ranging from steep and rocky to wide flat paths (some of which are ADA accessible) makes West Virginia state parks’ trail system accessible to all ages and abilities.

Scheduled hikes

The below West Virginia state parks and forests are hosting guided hikes on Jan. 1, 2022.

  1. Cacapon Resort State Park
  2. North Bend State Park
  3. Tygart Lake State Park
  4. Chief Logan State Park
  5. Blackwater Falls State Park
  6. Twin Falls Resort State Park
  7. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
  8. Pipestem Resort State Park

Hikers are advised to bring water and a snack, and wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear.

Lodging is available year-round at many of the parks listed above, and several of our lodge parks are hosting New Year’s Eve dinner dances. Consider booking a cabin or lodge room so you have more time to enjoy the holidays in #AlmostHeaven.

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