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New Year’s Hikes and Winter Hiking

A New Year’s resolution is a yearly tradition, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired one, accomplish a personal goal, or improve something at the beginning of a calendar year.

After indulging during the holidays, I’m especially grateful for the extra push out the door I get from First Day Hikes. These hikes make it easy to start your year on the right foot by getting the family outdoors and moving!

First Day Hikes started 31 years ago in Massachusetts at the Blue Hills Reservation State Park and became a nations wide tradition under the America’s State Parks Alliance. People of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Sterling Nature Center is offering two hikes this year, A Year’s End Hike on New Year’s Eve at 1pm and a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day at 1pm. Programs are free and open to the public, pre-register by e-mailing

Even if you can’t make it to any of the specific First Day Hikes offered, you can always just step outside and get moving. It’s a great way to start the year!

Emerson Park, Fillmore Glen, Sterling Nature Center, Owasco Flats,Cato-Fair Haven Trail, Cayuga County’s Parks and Trails system offers a variety of spectacular outdoor sites and recreational opportunities for families and individuals of all ages. Check out our outdoors page for more information and discover your new favorite place to take a walk or hike!

A Few Tips for Winter Hiking

Here are a few tips for winter hiking directly from the American Hiking Society. Find more details at their site.