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5th Annual First Day Hikes
January 1, 2016
All 36 Virginia State Parks will offer guided hikes for the 5th Annual First Day Hikes sponsored by America's State Parks. Last year more than 11,000 visitors came out to our Virginia State Parks to participate in this program held across all 50 states. 2016 marks Virginia State Parks' 80th anniversary so this event will be a great kickoff to our special year.
Find Your Park and Pick Your Hike
Click here for a list of the planned hikes. In addition to the scheduled guided hikes, feel free to create your own First Day Hike experience on any of our trails. In addition to the general maps on our website, more detailed maps are available on our Virginia State Parks app and can be cached in advance so you can use them even when you don't have a cell signal.
The first 50 participants at each park will receive a specially designed commemorative pin in honor of our 80th anniversary.
We will be sponsoring our annual First Day Hike photo contest this year as well. Entries must be taken in one of our Virginia State Parks on Jan. 1 and uploaded to the contest site prior to 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 1. A full list of rules can be found on the contest site. Our marketing team will judge the entries and select the winners. Until Jan. 1, you won't see the entry tab. We have lined up some great prizes:
We will feature our First Day Hike Team Competition this year too. Sign your team up here. The competition is designed for families and friends to join together to visit one of our Virginia State Parks on Jan. 1 and hike together. Research shows that healthy lifestyle behaviors are easier if you have supoort. Teams must have at least 2 members. You can sign up in advance or even on Jan. 1. After you complete the hike, you must confirm you participated no later than 11:59 p.m. on Jan 1 in order to be entered in the contest. Winners will be selected randomly for the following prizes:
Grand Prize Winning photo from 2015 - by Donald Bowers
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