If you are looking for a reason to get outdoors on New Year’s Day, and the idea of a polar plunge doesn’t intrigue you, Washington State Parks might have a solution.
State parks across the state will host a First Day Hike on Jan. 1. Hikes will be offered at various times during the day at 28 parks.
“We’re thrilled to participate in this nationwide effort that encourages Americans to get outdoors from the very beginning of the New Year,” Don Hoch, Washington State Parks director, said in a statement. “This is a way that families can create a new memorable New Year’s Day tradition.”
The hikes are part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes national initiative organized by the National Association of State Park Directors. The nationwide event started more than 20 years ago. Since 2013, all 50 state park systems have participated in the First Day Hikes program. For more information about hikes across the country, visit americasstateparks.org .
If taking part in a hike isn’t on your agenda, you still might want to visit a park near you. There will be no Discover Pass needed to visit a state park Jan. 1. It will be one of 12 fee-free days in 2015.
Hikers should wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, and dress for the weather.
Here is a listing of some First Day hikes being offered at parks close to the South Sound: