- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York state parks system is inviting the public to start the new year with guided hikes at more than two dozen parks and state historic sites.

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says it will sponsor guided hikes at 27 parks on New Year’s Day. It’s the fourth year the agency has held the event to encourages families to spend Jan. 1 enjoying the outdoors,

State park staff and volunteers will lead the walks and hikes, which average one to three miles or longer depending on the location. This year, state parks will provide pre-registered participants with free, commemorative fleece caps and First Day Hike stickers.

Hikes are being held at parks from Montauk on Long Island’s eastern tip to the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie in western New York.

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Online:

www.nysparks.com .

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