Texas State Parks Are Once Again Hosting ‘First Day Hikes’

Several of those events are happening in the Houston area on New Year’s Day

This is the fifth year that Texas Parks and Wildlife has taken part in the national First Day Hikes initiative. It's an effort to help people commit to a healthy lifestyle for the new year. Stephanie Garcia with Parks and Wildlife said they're holding New Year's Day events all over the state.

"Whether you have a family with a stroller or you want to use a hiking stick and go into a more adventurous hike, or even kayak or go on a polar plunge, we have so many great events going on throughout the day," said Garcia.

One of the First Day events locally is at Galveston Island State Park, where visitors can take a guided kayaking tour of Galveston Bay. At Shelton Lake State Park there's a one-mile dog walk. First Day events also include a seven-mile bike ride at Brazos Bend State Park.

Last New Year's Day, Parks and Wildlife hosted events at 75 state parks, with visitors walking, cycling, and paddling a total of 76-hundred miles.

You can check the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for a full schedule of First Day Hikes and other events.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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