Start the new year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont state park. On January 1, 2018, everyone is invited to join a free, guided, family-friendly hike taking place at many state parks and forests across Vermont. Hikes will be led by professional guides and outdoor educators eager to share their knowledge and love of Vermont’s outdoors. Don’t need a guide? No matter where you live in Vermont, a state park or state forest is always close by, and you can still get outside to enjoy it. State park entry is free on New Year’s Day (and all winter long). You’ll discover a whole new world in winter.

This year, a First Day BIKE option is available at Seyon Lodge State Park. Bring your fat bike and helmet for this guided ride! If you’ve never tried fat biking, demo bikes will also be available (but please still bring your helmet). See below for more details.

Please dress for the weather and bring snowshoes if the snow is deep. Please also bring beverages and snacks. Dogs are welcome on leash unless otherwise noted. You don’t need to pre-register, just show up! To check the status of the hikes, call our First Day Hikes Hotline at 802-249-1230. Updated messages will be posted to the Hotline on December 31st and January 1st.

Check out our website at http://bit.ly/VTFirstDayHikes2018 and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information and more hikes as they are added.

Here is a partial list of state parks currently offering guided first day events:

Little River State Park:

Guides: Jes Halterman (Park Manager) and Lorne Currier (Green Mountain Club)

Meet: 10 am at CCC Trailhead (park at the bottom of the hill below the dam—please don’t block the gate). Follow signs/guide to trailhead.

Hikes: Two options: 1 hour, easy or 2-3 hours, moderate

Lake Willoughby South Shore Trail Loop:

Guide: Jean Haigh (Green Mountain Club)

Meet: 10 am at the South End Beach parking area off Route 5a

Hike: 2 hours, 3 miles, easy to moderate terrain

Underhill State Park:

Guide: John Connell (Greenmont Farms)

Meet: 1:00 pm at gate just below Underhill State Park on Mountain Road, in Underhill Center

Hike: 3 hours, easy to moderate terrain. Bring a snack and warm beverage to share!

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