Start the New Year with a First Day Hike
December 24, 2014

Like so many other admirable firsts, Massachusetts was the first state to launch the annual First Day Hikes, a tradition which began more 20 years ago and has now become a national event. Last year, America’s First Day Hikes hosted more than 27,000 people, who covered more than 66,000 miles on 885 hikes in state parks across the country.

This year marks the 4th consecutive year that all 50 states have held First Day Hikes. It’s a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will host hikes at 13 park locations across the Commonwealth.

Chestnut Hill Reservation
Noon
Meet at DCR Reilly Skating Rink, 355 Chestnut Hill Ave, Brighton
(Parking lot entrance on Beacon Street)

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
Uxbridge, 1 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center.

Bradley Palmer State Park
Topsfield, 10 a.m.
Meet at headquarters. Willowdale Estates will host a reception following the hike.

Walden Pond State Reservation
Concord, 1 p.m.
Meet at the Thoreau House Replica, where a living history program will begin at noon.

Breakheart Reservation
Saugus, noon
Meet at the Visitor Center for free clam chowder, coffee and hot cocoa. Arrive early to allow time for parking.

Blue Hills State Reservation
Milton, noon
Meet in the Houghton’s Pond Parking Lot at 840 Hillside St. Arrive early to allow sufficient time for parking. Free soup will be served at noon, hikes begin at 1 p.m.

Nantasket Beach Reservation
Hull, 1 p.m.
Meet at the Mary Jeannette Murray Bathhouse at 204 Nantasket Avenue.

Nickerson State Park
Brewster, 1 p.m.
Meet at the Main Lot near entrance.

Shawme Crowell State Forest
Sandwich, 1 p.m.
Meet at the Pavilion Area at 42 Main Street.

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Waquoit, 1 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center, 131 Waquoit Highway (Rt. 28)
Guided hike around the waterfront estate then make a “Toast to the Coast” from high on the bluff overlooking Waquoit Bay. After the hike, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the Visitor Center.

DAR State Forest
Goshen, 11 a.m.
Meet at the Day Use Parking Lot off Route 112.

Great Falls Discovery Center
Turners Falls, 1 p.m.
Meet in the Discovery Center.

Mount Greylock Reservation
Lanesborough, 1 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor Center at 30 Rockwell Rd.

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