If you’re like many people, one of your resolutions for the new year is to get more exercise and spend less time sitting on the couch. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) can help you get started on the right foot – literally. On New Year’s day, the DCR is holding FREE hikes at nearby parks and reservations around the state.
The First Day Hikes are offered throughout Massachusetts in conjunction with similar outings taking part at state parks across the country on January 1. The hikes are not overly strenuous, and hence are ideal for families – plus they don’t start too early. Enjoy the outdoors and the camaraderie of fellow hikers on these guided outings – many of which offer free hot chocolate and snacks. Dress appropriately for outdoor activity and make sure to call ahead at 617 626-1450 to check for cancellations in the event of inclement weather.
Free First Day Hikes at Boston-area State Parks
- Blue Hills Reservation, 840 Hillside Street, Milton at 1 p.m.
- Breakheart Reservation, 177 Forest Street, Saugus at 11 a.m.
- Carson Beach, 165 William J. Day Boulevard, South Boston at 12 p.m.
- Nantasket Beach Reservation, 204 Nantasket Avenue, Hull at 11 a.m.
- Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden Street/Route 126, Concord at 12 p.m.
For specific meeting details, and more information on these hikes as well as others held farther afield from Boston, check out the DCR’s flyer here.