First Day Hikes Will Kick Off The New Year and Break Records

By Payton Tholstrup

Kansans are encouraged to start 2024 off “on the right foot” by going outside and hiking. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks shared they have invited Kansans to celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes at various state parks in Kansas. The hikes are self-led and guided and are organized every year by park officials. The goal is for participants to spend time outside and connect with nature.

KDWP shared that First Day Hikes began more than 30 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation State Park in Massachusetts in 1992. The event is approaching a major milestone (1 million miles hiked and 500,000 participants throughout the years). America’s State Parks hope that 2024 will be a record-breaking year.

Participants will be able to choose hikes that fit their comfort levels. This will include walks along lakes, exploring trails, and wildlife viewing. Pets are also welcome but will be required to be on a leash.

Park officials suggest being prepared and bring the following items:

– Water

– Snacks

– Weather appropriate clothes

– Hiking shoes

– Binoculars

– Hiking sticks

– Cameras

T-shirts will also be available at the parks but will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Vehicle permits will be required.

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