New Year, New Adventures in the PA Wilds
Even as a kid, New Year’s Day always meant a late celebration followed by sleeping even later into the first day of the new year. While the memories are cherished, I find that starting off the new year by hitting the snooze button half a dozen times isn’t exactly the inspiration I’m looking for to start my year off. So I’m planning on participating in the First Day Hike.
First Day Hike originated in 1992 Massachusetts, but by 2012 became a national movement led by America’s State Parks organization. PA’s own Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR) is no exception to this tradition and has First Day Hikes scheduled at many of their state parks. With the PA Wilds region holding more than 2 million acres of public land, its almost hard not to go on a hike in this beautiful region!
Here are the State Parks in the PA Wilds that are hosting First Day Hikes:
First Day Hike
Find the list of all PA State Parks participating in First Day Hike, and other events, on the DCNR Calendar of events.
Guides to the PA Wilds
The PA Wilds is a vast region, filled with beautiful scenery and many kinds of roads to travel down. Whether you are a PA Wilds region native or are visiting the area, there are two great resources for navigating and exploring the PA Wilds: PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas & PA State Parks & State Forest Passport.
If you are like me, you love to hike but you may not know where to start. Look no further than the PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas. This book will help you discover not only the best hiking trails, but outlooks, boat docks, RV and camping sites, and so much more. Unlock your guide to the beautiful PA Wilds.
The PA Wilds has 29 state parks and 8 state forests within the region. To make sure you get to them all, get the PA State Parks & State Forest Passport! The book features the highlight of each park & forest in the state of PA as well as a space to get a stamp from that park. Grab yours and discover the natural beauty of the PA Wilds. Buy yours here!
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