21 Fantastic Hikes to Ring in the New Year
Your guide to Georgia's First Day Hikes and a few you may want to do on your own.
The perfect way to jump start those New Year's resolutions to get in shape and explore Georgia is to participate in a First Day Hike. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide program led by the State Parks to encourage people to get outside. Here’s your guide to Georgia’s First Day Hikes and a few you may want to do on your own. When you go, tag your photos with #FirstDayHikes so folks can see where you’ve been.
Black Rock Mountain State Park (Mountain City ) - Begin the new year at Georgia's highest state park with a slightly strenuous 3-mile hike to Lookoff Mountain. Pre-registration is required. Read more.
Watson Mill Bridge State Park (Comer) - Travel through the historic bridge to the raceway trail and enjoy the view of the covered bridge while you learn about its construction and the raceway that leads to the Watson Mill ruins. Read more.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park (Pine Mountain) - Celebrate the first day of 2021 with a ranger-led easy to moderate 3.4 mile hike along the Overlook Loop. This hike is intended for ages 8 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Read more.
Hard Labor Creek State Park (Rutledge) - Join a ranger-led hike for a 2-mile moderate to rigorous scenic hike along creeks and ridges. This hike is intended for ages 8 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required by 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2020. Read more.
Indian Springs State Park (Flovilla) - Hike to connect with nature and engage your senses on a 1-mile hike with a naturalist. Choose from a morning or an afternoon hike. Pre-registration is required. Read more.
General Coffee State Park (Nicholls) - Explore this park's 4 miles of trails, including the East River Swamp Trail, which includes a half-mile boardwalk, and the Gopher Loop, where you have the best chance of spotting the protected Gopher Tortoise.
George L. Smith State Park (Twin City) - Welcome the New Year with a 3-mile hike on the nature trail behind the Mill House. Watch for white-tailed deer, look for Gopher Tortoise burrows and listen for songbirds along the way. Dog owners welcome. Read more.
Stephen C. Foster State Park (Fargo) - Start the year at the beginning of the Suwannee River, and hike along exploring the river in the swamp and the history of the area. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Read more.
Crooked River State Park (St. Marys) - Choose from a morning or an afternoon ranger-led hike on the "Everliving" trail, and learn about native plants along the way. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required by 8 p.m. Dec. 31, 2020. Read more.
Fort McAllister State Park (Richmond Hill) - In the morning, join a ranger-led nature hike on the Magnolia Trail, and in the afternoon, join a history hike in and around the fort. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Read more.
Laura S. Walker State Park (Waycross) - Choose from three different hikes with a naturalist. Two are in the morning, and one is in the afternoon. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required by noon Dec. 31, 2020. Read more.
Wormsloe Historic Site (Savannah) - Start off the year with a ranger-led 2.5-mile hike though the coastal maritime forest. Dogs are welcome. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Read more.
Panola Mountain State Park (Stockbridge) - Begin by writing, then burning, last year's burdens, and then climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2021. This 3-mile hike is moderately strenuous and intended for ages 10 and up. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Read more.
Sweetwater Creek State Park (Lithia Springs) - Join a ranger for a rare opportunity to go inside the gated mill ruins. Take a half-mile hike on the Red Trail, and learn about the history of Sweetwater Creek and the New Manchester Manufacturing Mill. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Read more.
Still looking for more? Here is the complete list of First Day Hikes at Georgia State Parks.
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