- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A New Year’s Day tradition of hiking at state parks is marking its 25th year in 2016.

First Day Hikes will he held Friday at 11 parks, from Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, to Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod, to the Mount Greylock Reservation in the Berkshires.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation says most of the hikes are fairly short and easy, making them ideal for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

Hikers are urged to dress appropriately. Check the department’s website for starting times.

The tradition started in Massachusetts in 1992 and has now spread to all 50 states.

The state agency says last Jan. 1, more than 997 First Day Hikes were held in parks across the country with a record-breaking 41,153 people participating.

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Online: First Day Hikes in Massachusetts, https://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/programs-and-events/archive-seasonal/first-day-hikes.html


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