Several state parks and forests are hosting First Day Hikes on New Year's Day to encourage residents to start the new year off right by getting outside.
America's State Parks First Day Hikes allow individuals and families to begin the new year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a hike on January 1, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the format of this event has shifted from the usual in-person hikes and events to online, virtual and self-guided events with no specific timeframe. We ask all participating to wear a mask, practice safe social distancing, and meet in small groups composed of those within your household," DEEP officials said.
DEEP State Parks and the Forests Friend Group have put together virtual and self-guided hikes and programs for anyone who is interested in participating, DEEP said. The hikes average one to two miles, depending on the state park.
Parks that are participating in First Day Hikes include:
- Chatfield Hollow State Park
- Machimoodus State Park
- Mansfield Hollow State Park
- Pachaug State Forest
- Scantic River State Park
- James L. Goodwin State Forest
- Meigs Point Nature Center
- Topsmead State Forest
- Gillette Castle State Park
- Talcott Mountain State Park