The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is encouraging Texans to “start the new year in nature” with a First Day Hike at a Texas state park. Citizens can walk, bike or paddle their way into 2021 on a First Day Hike at 89 Texas state parks.
First Day Hikes at Texas’ state parks aim to help visitors commit to their New Year’s resolutions to get healthy. Last year, 5,242 visitors ushered in 2020 by hiking, biking and riding a total of 9,564 miles statewide. A list of this year’s First Day Hikes is available on the TPWD calendar page. Many hikes will be self-guided while guided hikes may limit the number of participants.
“If nothing else, 2020 has shown us the value of getting outdoors,” said Rodney Franklin, director of Texas State Parks. “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.”
Trails for All
Trails at Texas State Parks range in length and difficulty levels across the state. Some short, easy trails are good for family-friendly scenic strolls, while others are more strenuous for hikers with experience. Trail maps for all Texas State Parks are on the TPWD’s website and individual park web pages.
Anyone planning a trip to a Texas State Park should keep in mind that parks are operating at a limited capacity. TPWD recommends reserving a day pass in advance since some parks may reach their capacity limit.