- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 1, 2020

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts residents are invited to celebrate the new year in the great outdoors with a First Day Hike.

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering a dozen free guided hikes at state parks across the commonwealth on Wednesday.

The tradition started in 1992 at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton and has since spread to all 50 states.

“Participating in a First Day Hike will serve as a great start for the new year, and is an excellent way for visitors of all ages and abilities to discover the stunning environmental and recreational resources that the Commonwealth has to offer,” acting Commissioner Jim Montgomery said in a statement.

Park staff will lead the hikes, which start at various times and vary in length depending on location.

The sites of this year’s hikes include the Wachusett Reservoir in West Boylston, Walden Pond in Concord, Halibut Point in Rockport and Mount Greylock in Lanesborough.

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