2015 First Day Hike

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Stream along Falls Lake hike

I gave up on making New Year’s resolutions many, many years ago so last year on New Year’s Eve, we started a new tradition of documenting our top 10 moments from the previous year.  It was a fun way to recall great memories without the disappointment of forgotten resolutions, and we plan to continue the tradition this year.  Like the start of 2014, we also hope to kick off 2015 with a First Day Hike.  Every state park in NC organizes First Day Hikes to encourage exercising and reconnecting with nature in the new year. Last year we hiked Falls Lake for the first time, so maybe we’ll try something new this year (weather forecast: chilly and dry)!

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Jan 1, 2014

Here’s a listing of organized First Day Hikes at state parks in the Greater Triangle Area:

  • Eno River State Park – options of 2 mile or 4-5 mile hikes; 2pm start; start location: Fews Ford Access; event information
  • Falls Lake State Recreation Area – scavenger hunt with hike along Rolling View Track Trail (by the swim beach); various start times from 10am-2pm; call ahead to sign up; event information
  • Umstead State Park – fun hike for all ages; 10am start time; start location:Crabtree Small Parking Lot on Oak Rock Trail (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Avenue); event information
  • Jordan Lake State Recreation Area – 2.7 mile hike of Blue Loop along New Hope Overlook trail; 9am start time; event information

If the times or hiking distances don’t match your schedule, there are loads of other hiking trails and greenways to explore in the area.  Here’s a listing of previously hiked and reviewed trails to help you decide (side note: you may want to call the city or county parks before heading out to make sure they’re open):

3 thoughts on “2015 First Day Hike

  1. What a great idea for a new year’s day! Plus, a great service for all your hiking neighbors… and what a prelude for all the bowl games! Happy 2015.

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