- Associated Press - Monday, December 25, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state has planned a free hike for the public on New Year’s Day.

Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management is offering a guided walking tour of Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

The event is part of the annual First Day Hikes program, an effort by all 50 state park systems to encourage people to start the new year in a healthy way and enjoy nature.

The National Association of State Park Directors says more than 50,000 people took part last New Year’s Day.

In Rhode Island, hikers will explore the state park on a one-mile tour that’s expected to take two hours. The group is assembling at noon.

Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, contact the Department of Environmental Management.

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