Begin New Year's Day on the right foot with “First Day Hikes”


Georgia’s State Parks join national initiative to connect with nature

On New Year’s Day, park rangers all across the country are inviting Americans to start 2020 with an energizing First Day Hike. In Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, dozens of guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature and each other. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative from America’s State Parks to get people outdoors, with hundreds of hikes scheduled in all 50 states.

Winter’s landscape offers hikers the chance to see farther through the woods since unique tree shapes, small streams and wildlife are unobstructed by foliage. Ranger-led hikes on New Year’s Day are listed on and even include daring lake plunges at Reed Bingham and Richard B. Russell state parks. For guests who want to celebrate New Year’s Eve surrounded by nature rather than fireworks, Georgia’s State Parks offer cozy cabins, heated yurts, lodge rooms and modern campsites. (Fireworks and sparklers are not allowed in state parks.) For reservations, call 1-800-864-7275 or book online at




Calendar Listing:

January 1, 2020
First Day Hikes
Georgia’s State Parks
Times and locations vary.

$5 parking

Join park rangers and fellow Americans in kicking off 2020 with an energizing First Day Hike. Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are hosting dozens of guided treks that encourage hikers to connect with nature and each other.


Media Contact:

Kim Hatcher, TMP
Public Affairs Coordinator
Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division
(770) 389-7284