2023 First Day Hikes

December 21, 2022
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


2023 First Day Hikes
Hiker sitting at Anthony's Nose summit in the winter


Ring in the New Year with a New Adventure

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the First Day Hikes program.

First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide program led by America’s State Parks. Free guided hikes are being offered by state parks in all 50 states to encourage hikers of all ages to get outside. Whether you’re hitting the trails in New York or New Jersey, there are First Day hikes being held throughout the region to get you outside and connecting with nature. Find your trail, grab a Trail Conference map, and get outside this New Year's Day!


New York

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Canal Corporation are hosting sponsored hikes being held at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails and public lands across New York.

Local hikes include:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
  • Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve at Little Stony Point
  • Minnewaska State Park Preserve
  • Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
  • Panther Mountain in the Catskills
  • Rockefeller State Park Preserve
  • Sterling Forest State Park
  • Taconic State Park at Copake Falls Area

To find and sign up for a New York First Day Hike near you, click here.


New Jersey 

The New Jersey State Park Service is hosting guided hikes in state parks, forests, and historic sites across New Jersey.

Local hikes include:

  • High Point State Park
  • Liberty State Park
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood State Park
  • Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail (extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park)
  • Wawayanda State Park

To find and sign up for a New Jersey First Day Hike near you, click here.


The Trail Conference maintains 2,100+ miles of trails throughout the region -- so there's a good chance you've enjoyed a trail cared for by our volunteers. Support these efforts today by becoming a member or donating to our mission. Or find out how to become a volunteer yourself