- Associated Press - Sunday, December 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - For those who might want to begin 2016 by getting back to nature, Massachusetts is offering free guided hikes in nearly a dozen state parks on New Year’s Day.

The so-called First Day Hikes are part of a national program that began in the Bay State in 1992.

Gov. Charlie Baker says the walks are a great way to not only start the new year but discover some of the state’s most scenic landscapes.

Hikers are reminded to wear proper clothing for the weather and they’re encouraged to post photos from the hikes to social media.

A list of the guided hikes is on the website of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Online: https://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/programs-and-events/archive-seasonal/first-day-hikes.html

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