Begin 2022 with a “First Day Hike”

New Year’s Day adventures offered in Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites

A group celebrates their first day hike at Panola State Park in Stockbridge. Rangers are offering guided hiking tours at 40 state parks in Georgia to kick off 2022. (GA DNR)

On New Year’s Day, park rangers across the country are inviting Americans to start 2022 with inspiring First Day Hikes. In Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, more than 40 guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature and each other.

Outings range from a kid-friendly stroll through Mistletoe State Park’s campground, a three-mile hike through Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” and even a night hike at Reed Bingham State Park.

There are also hikes planned at Smithgall Woods in White County, Moccasin Creek, and Tallulah Gorge in Rabun County, just to name a few.

A group prepares for their first day hike at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan. (GA DNR)

During winter, hikers will notice interesting tree shapes, small streams and rock outcrops that are normally hidden by summer’s foliage. Many guided hikes are kid and dog-friendly, and visitors are welcome to bring picnics to enjoy before or after their adventure.

Times and locations vary. Fees range from $5 for parking at state parks and $2 – $12 admission for historic sites.

For a list of First Day Hikes and more information, visit

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