If you are looking for a fun, rigorous way to start the New Year, go for a hike!

A national annual event continues this year where American's State Parks are celebrating the first day of the year with a hike, including Maine's State Parks.  It's called 'First Day Hikes' and is a way to start the New Year with the ones you love, doing something good for your body and a way to enjoy the great outdoors.

In 2020, 85,000 people nationwide participated in the 'First Day Hikes' and hiked over 175,000 miles on guided hikes.

As you can expect, this year's adventures have changed a little in order to keep people safe during the pandemic.  Nonetheless, they still serve the purpose of getting you outside, getting some exercise and enjoy a scenic hike in nature in our beautiful state.

This year, expect smaller group hikes, self-guided hikes and even virtual hikes.  You are even asked to share your self-guided hike photos and experiences by tagging @mainedacf on Facebook and Instagram.

State Parks to visit during the 'First Day' hike recommended by the State of Maine include:


  • Bradbury Mt.
  • Camden Hills
  • Crescent Beach
  • Holbrook Island Sanctuary
  • Lily Bay
  • Mt. Blue
  • Popham Beach
  • Reid
  • Sebago Lake
  • Two Lights, and
  • Wolfe's Neck Woods

Also, check out the virtual hikes offered this year including hiking Bradbury Mt. State Park in Pownal with Governor Mills in 2020, hiking Holbrook Island Sanctuary in Brooksville with Aislinn Sarnacki (Bangor Daily News' 'adventure expert') as well as another hike with Aislinn Sarnacki at Lily Bay State Park in Greenville.

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