Seminole State Park in Donalsonville
Georgia State Parks invite the public to get a head start on their New Year’s fitness resolutions with their First Day Hike program. On January 1, 2015, more than 35 Georgia State Parks will be hosting hikes and outings. Use our guide to help find a First Day Hike near you.
A.H. Stephens State Park First Day Hike: Get started with your New Years resolutions with a pet-friendly, ranger-led hike.
Elijah Clark State Park’s First-Day Fitness Hike: Ring in the New Year with a revitalizing lead hike on a three mile trail that includes a beautiful view of Clark Hill Lake.
First Day Fitness Hike at George L. Smith State Park: Join the fun on New Year’s Day for a hike down a 3-mile nature trail.
1st Day Hike on Blue Mountain Bike Trail at Hard Labor Creek State Park: This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year.
First Day Hike at High Falls State Park: This staff-led, 3.5-mile moderate hike will take you past several scenic and historic sites including the falls, the old powerhouse, and through a mixed pine/hardwood forest.
First Day History Hike at Indian Springs State Park: Join a park ranger for a journey through time. Discover the history of Indian Springs State Park, sample the famous spring water, and tour the park museum. This moderate hike will involve some steps and hills.
First Day Hike at Mistletoe State Park: Discover nature’s winter wonder along the Cliatt Creek and Rock Dam trails.
First Day Hike at Panola Mountain State Park: Hike to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2015. Finish with s’mores and hot chocolate around a campfire.
First Day Hike on Lake Lanier at Don Carter State Park: This 2 mile cross country adventure will follow old road beds, ridges, hills and valleys. Moderate to strenuous.
First Day Hike at Fort Mountain State Park: Start the year off right with a First Day Hike to the Stone Wall, Fire Watch Tower and West Overlook at Fort Mountain State Park. This is a moderate rocky 1-mile hike, closed toe shoes required.
First Day Hike at Fort Yargo: Bring in the New Year with a brisk 1/2-mile hike around Bird Berry Trail. No minimum age and ADA Accessible.
First Day Hike at James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park: Start your New Year off right with a ranger-led hike (one and 1/2 miles) around the Lower Lake to view the flora and fauna that call James H. Floyd State Park home. Participants will see one of the best views found in the park, as well as, getting a bit of history. This hike is good for all ages and the difficulty is easy.
First Day Hike at Red Top Mountain State Park: Meet at the Visitor Center for a moderate 3.5 mile hike on the scenic Sweetgum Trail.
First Day Hike at Richard B. Russell State Park: Take a pet-friendly, naturalist-guided, half-mile fitness hike on their brand new Fitness Trail.
First Day Hike at Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area: Start your first day of the New Year with a ranger -ed hike around the Nature Trail. The trail is one mile long and is considered easy.
First Day Hike at Smithgall Woods State Park: Hike a monderate 1.3 miles on flat roadway to Smithgall’s beautiful cottage facility. Staff will lead the hike to one of the cottages where hot cider will be waiting.
First Day Hike at Tallulah Gorge State Park: Join a ranger on a moderate 3.5-mile hike along the rim and through the woods. Children must be 8 yrs. or older.
First Day Hike at Tugaloo State Park: Welcome the New Year with a 1.2 mile moderate hike on the Muscadine Trail.
First Day Hike at Victoria Bryant State Park: Meet at the office for a Ranger led hike on the Victoria’s Path trail. This trail follows along Rice Creek which runs through the middle of the park.
First Day Hike- Bear Hair Gap Trail at Vogel State Park: Ring in the new year with a 4-mile hike along the Bear Hair Gap Trail. The hike will be lead by Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.
First Day Hike at Crooked River State Park: Greet the New Year with a “First Day” hike on the Bay Boardwalk trail. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique long leaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem.
First Day Hike at Fort King Georgia: Enjoy a twilight “Hike into History” at Fort King George. Visitors will be guided through the half-mile nature trail as they encounter various Fort King George historic figures.
First Day Hikes at Fort McAllister: Arrive at 10:00 a.m. for a 3-mile nature hike with Ranger Rowe on the Redbird Creek Trail. This hike is medium difficulty and requires sturdy shoes and water. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a History Hike. An Interpretative Ranger will walk you through the past and tell you about the daily life at Fort McAllister during the war.
First Day Hike at Fort Morris: At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. site interpreters will present soldier talks, musket demonstrations and a guided walk around the historic remains of the Revolutionary War fort, Fort Morris (Sunbury Fort).
Laura S. Walker First Day Hike: Enjoy a 1.3 mile ranger-led nature hike along the Big Creek Nature Trail. The trail is approximately 1.3 miles.
First Day Avian Loop Hike at Skidaway Island State Park: Enjoy an guided hike through the marsh.
First Day Hike at F.D. Roosevelt State Park: Hike in the New Year with park staff and Pine Mountain Trail volunteers on the Mountain Creek Trail. Geared towards ages 8 and older.
First Day Hike at Kolomoki Mounds State Park: Take a ranger-led hike through the woods at dusk followed by a hike up the Temple Mound. This is a night hike so please dress appropriately with closed toe shoes and bring a flashlight.
New Year Hike at Reed Bingham State Park: Wind down with a relaxing night hike on the Upland Loop Trail followed by a bonfire with s’mores.
First Day Fitness Challenge at Seminole State Park: The event will begin with a 2.2-mile, guided First Day Hike at 10:00 a.m. Other challenges will include mini golf, canoeing, kayaking and more!
Stephen C. Foster State Park’s First Day Hike: Take a hike on the 3/4 mile Trembling Earth Nature Trail.
First Day Hike at General Coffee State Park: Take a ranger-guided birding hike on the 1.5 mile Gopher Loop Trail.
“First Day Hike” Swamp Bay Nature Trail at Gordonia-Altamaha State Park: Learn about the park’s animal and plant life while enjoying a 1-mile hike on the Swamp Bay Nature Trail.
First Day Hike at Magnolia Springs: At 11:00 A.M., enjoy a Camp Lawton history tour led by a Park Ranger. At 2:00 p.m., take a guided hike of the 3-mile fitness trail.
First Day Hike at Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area: Kick off 2015 with a visit to Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon.”