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Kick off the year with an inspiring ‘First Day Hike’
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ATLANTA — On New Year’s Day, park rangers across the country are inviting Americans to start 2022 with inspiring First Day Hikes.  In Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, more than 40 guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature and each other. Outings range from a kid-friendly stroll through Mistletoe State Park’s campground, a three-mile hike through Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” and even a night hike at Reed Bingham State Park.

During winter, hikers will notice interesting tree shapes, small streams and rock outcrops that are normally hidden by summer’s foliage. Many guided hikes are dog-friendly, and visitors are welcome to bring picnics to enjoy before or after their adventure. First Day Hikes are listed on GaState

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. For reservations, call 1-800-864-7275 or book online at


January 1, 2022

First Day Hikes

More than 40 Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Times and locations vary.

$5 parking for state parks. $2 - $12 admission for historic sites.

Join park rangers for an energizing First Day Hike on New Year’s Day. Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are hosting dozens of guided treks that encourage hikers to connect with nature and each other. Many are kid- and pet-friendly, with distances ranging from less than one mile to more than four miles.

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