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Start the new year with a hike

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 by Tai Moses

Could there be a better tradition than starting the new year with a hike? Last year, 5,242 people decided to usher in 2020 by hiking, biking or riding a total of 9,564 miles in one of 89 Texas State Parks. This year, even more people may decide to take a First Day Hike, bike or paddle. Rodney Franklin, the director of Texas State Parks, said, “Personally, I am looking forward to saying goodbye to 2020, having some black-eyed peas and starting out the new year with a First Day Hike. Spending time outdoors is a great way to connect with friends and family in a healthy way.  While we must still recreate responsibly, I hope that everyone will join us in ushering in 2021 with a First Day Hike at your favorite state park.” Check out a list of self-guided First Day Hikes on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website. Parks are operating at a limited capacity, so reserving a day pass in advance is highly recommended. Reserve day passes online through the TPWD reservation website or by calling (512) 389-8900.

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