Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike


Start the new year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont state park. On January 1, 2021, everyone is once again invited to celebrate the New Year by heading out on the trails at a Vermont State Park. State park entry is free on New Year’s Day (and all winter long). You’ll discover a whole new world in winter.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, First Day Hikes will be a little different from previous years. While we are not offering in-person guided hikes, we have carefully selected hikes throughout the state for a self-guided adventure. 

Make sure to follow all COVID-19 travel restrictions and guidelines per Vermont Department of Health. Masks are required. Please dress for the weather and bring snowshoes if the snow is deep. Please also bring beverages and snacks. On-leash dogs are welcome unless otherwise noted. You don’t need to pre-register, just show up! 

Featured hikes include:  

Southeast Region 

Lowell Lake Trail | 3.0 miles | Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry, VT

Quechee Loop Trail | 1.5 miles | Quechee State Park in Quechee, VT

Click here for PDF with links to maps, planning info and more.

Southwest Region 

Reservoir Trail | 3.2 miles roundtrip | Woodford State Park in Bennington, VT

Button Bay Point Trail | 0.8-mile roundtrip | Button Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh, VT

Click here for PDF with links to maps, planning info and more.

Northwest Region 

Burns Trail | 2.0-mile roundtrip | Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester, VT

Marsh Brook Nature Trail | 1.5-mile loop | Lake Carmi State Park in Enosburg Falls, VT

Click here for PDF with links to maps, planning info and more.


Northeast Region

Groton Nature Trail | 0.6-mile loop | Groton Nature Center in Groton, VT

Shore Trail | 1.5+ mile roundtrip | Brighton State Park in Island Pond, VT

Click here for PDF with links to maps, planning info and more.


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