Join Us For A First Day Hike!

By Jessica Savage 

Looking for a fun way to start the New Year off right?
Did you make a resolution to be fitter, to meet new people or to get outside more in 2014? Well, look no further than a Vermont State Park near you!
With over ten hikes already on the schedule, and more being added, you can find one that's a perfect fit!

Are you a family looking for a hike everyone can enjoy? Then check out our hikes in Silver Lake State Park in Barnard or Grand Isle State Park in Grand Isle. Ashley Brisson, Head Park Ranger at Grand Isle, will lead the way on the Ironwood Nature Trail, an easy 1-mile loop, while telling you about animal tracking in snow, how animals survive a Vermont winter, and more!  At Silver Lake, former park ranger and local naturalist Scott Davison (the Woodstock Naturalist) will lead the way through storytelling and natural history.


Seeking a more challenging hike to get your body moving? Then consider the hike up to the summit of Camel's Hump, the most iconic mountain in the state. This moderately difficult hike up the Burrows Trail in Huntington will meet at On the Rise Bakery in Richmond at 9:00 am or at the Burrows Trailhead at 10:00 am. Another more challenging hike will head up to the Mount Olga Firetower via trails near Molly Stark State Park.

Looking for something in between? The First Day Hike in Underhill State Park up the Nebraska Notch Trail at the end of Stevensville Road promises to be a moderate and rewarding one that ends at a beaver pond complex that is breathtaking in the winter. Hikes up to an overlook on Mount Pisgah as well as at Little River State Park promise to be fun and adventurous.

Check out our events page on the website for all the details, and make sure to call our First Day Hike hotline at 802-249-1230 on December 31st or January 1st for any last minute changes or updates. Questions? Email jessica.savage@state.vt.us.

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