Virginia State Parks offering free park entry, guided hikes on New Year’s Day

Guided hikes will be available at many Virginia State Parks on New Year's Day.
Guided hikes will be available across the state of Virginia on New Year’s Day.

To kick off the first day of 2017, Virginia State Parks are offering free park entrance for guided hikes across the state’s 37 state parks. The initiative is part of a national First Day Hike campaign that takes place on the first day of each new year.

Two state parks are located in Virginia Beach.

First Landing State Park is best known for its historical relevance. English colonists first landed in it’s cypress swamps and waterways in 1607. Today, nature lovers can trek 20 miles of trails, including 1.5 miles of beachfront hiking. Two guided one-mile hikes will be offered Sunday at 10 a.m. and noon.

False Cape State Park is one of the largest undeveloped regions along the Atlantic coast, making the park only accessible by boat, bike, tram, or foot. The park features hiking and bike trails, kayaking, and camp sites along six miles of the Atlantic. Sunday’s two-mile guided hike on Monument Trail will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Click to learn more about the First Day Hike campaign and sign up for a guided hike.

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