Friday, January 27, 2023

Don’t know how to celebrate the beginning of 2023? New York offers unique walks to enjoy the scenery

NEW YORK – Only a few days are left for 2022 to end and we welcome a new year. Many are wondering about the best ways to celebrate the beginning of 2023 and the state of New York has a very special offer.

For Those Who Love the Outdoors New York Governor Cathy Hochul encouraged New Yorkers to welcome in the New Year on January 1, 2023, at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, canal trails, and public lands. This is the first day of the program. Growth Offering over 100 different hiking options for people across the state to enjoy.

“There is no better way to start the new year than with family and friends amidst the winter beauty of our public parks and state lands,” said Governor Hochul. “With so many first day outings to choose from across the state, New Yorkers can take a break from the hectic pace of the holidays and find the perfect setting to ring in a bright and optimistic new year.”

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Canal Corporation are partnering to organize several tours and hikes across the state as part of the 12th annual Walk of the First Day.

“First Day Hikes are a family tradition that offers a fresh seasonal perspective on our state’s natural treasures in the winter and everything there is to do in state parks year-round. I wish New Yorkers a fun hike this New Year’s Day.” encourage you to enjoy the outdoors with.” in New York’s breathtaking natural setting,” said State Parks Commissioner Eric Kulseid.

Rides and hikes are family-friendly and typically range from one to five miles, depending on location and conditions. More than 90 hikes are offered in state parks, historic sites, DEC state lands, wildlife areas, forest reserves and canal trails, and environmental education centers. New for 2023, state holiday introducing additional outings throughout Genesee Valley GreenwayNew York State Birding Trail, and four new hikes as part of the program on the canalsgoes with Empire State Trail.

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A list of first day hikes in New York State, location details, formats, pre-registration requirements, and additional information for parks, DECs, and channels can be found online. Interested entrants are encouraged to verify the details of their preferred host site and to pre-register where necessary.

Started in Massachusetts in 1992, first day climbings now a national event taking place in all 50 states. Other ideas for New Yorkers to celebrate 2023 outdoors include finding a local park or trail, or exploring a local neighborhood.

List of first day hikes by region:

western new york

  • Allegany State Park – Quaker Area, Salamanca; 716-354-9101 x.232
  • Amherst State Park, Williamsville; 716-631-7132
  • Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island; 716-282-5154
  • Boutwell Hill State Forest, Charlotte; 716-363-2052
  • Brockport Welcome Center Canal Hike, Brockport; eliden@brockportny.org
  • Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area, North Collins; 716-851-7019
  • Evangola State Park, Irving; 716-549-1050
  • Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; 716.282.5154 (2 moves)
  • Genesee Valley Greenway, Hinsdale; 585-493-3614.
  • Genesee Valley Greenway, Cuba; 585-493-3614.
  • Genesee Valley Greenway, Avon; 585-493-3614.
  • Genesee Valley Greenway; Pifford; 585-493-3614
  • Genesee Valley Greenway, Nunda; 585-493-3614
  • Genesee Valley Greenway, Rochester; 585-493-3614
  • Genesee Valley Greenway, Scottsville; 585-493-3614
  • Genesee Valley Greenway, Fowlerville; 585-493-3614
  • Genesee Valley Greenway, York; 585-493-3614
  • Genesee Valley Park, Rochester; 585-520-9984
  • Golden Hill State Park, Barker; 716-282-5154
  • Hamlin Beach State Park, Hamlin; 585-964-2462
  • Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora; 716-549-1050
  • Letchworth State Park Humphrey Nature Center, Castile; 585-493-3680 (4 Pleasure trip,
  • Letchworth State Park Highbanks Picnic Shelter, Mount Morris; 585.493.3680 (2 Pleasure trip,
  • Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls; 716-282-5154
  • Phillips Creek State Forest, Ward; glenngebhard@gmail.com
  • Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, Depew; 716-683-5959
  • Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls; 716-282-5154
  • Zor Valley Multiple Use Area, Collins; 440-983-0023

Finger Lakes and Central New York

  • Bowman Lake State Park / McDonough State Forest, Oxford, 607-334-2718
  • Canalside Lock C/S-4, Waterloo; 315-659-9269
  • Katherine Valley Trail, Watkins Glen; 607-481-0584
  • Chenango Valley State Park, Chenango Forks; 607-648-5251
  • Clark Reservation State Park, Jamesville; 315-415-8377
  • Delta Lake State Park, Rome; 315-337-4670
  • Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Oswego; 315-343-4711
  • Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown; 607-547-8662
  • Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville; 315-637-611
  • Herkimer Home State Historic Site, Herkimer; 315-823-0398
  • Lesser Wilderness State Forest, Turin; 315-376-3521
  • Macedon Canal Park, Macedon; 585-269-8125
  • Montezuma Audubon Center, Savannah; Felicia.Paradise@dec.ny.gov
  • Newtown Battlefield State Park, Elmira; 607-732-6287
  • Rogers Center for Environmental Education, Sherburne; 607-674-4733
  • Selkirk Shores State Park, Pulaski; 315-298-5737
  • Seneca Lake State Park, Geneva; 315-789-2331
  • Southville State Forest, Stockholm; 315-265-3090
  • Taughnock Falls State Park, Trumansburg; 607-387-7041 ext. 131
  • Two Rivers State Park, Waverly; 607-732-6287

North Country/Adirondacks

  • Adirondack Interpretive Center, Newcomb; 518-582-2000
  • Hadley Mountain, Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, Hadley; Megan@adk.org
  • Moxham Mountain, Vanderwalker Mountain Wild Forest, Minerva; 518-338-8173
  • Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), Brighton; 518-327-6241
  • Point Au Roche State Park, Plattsburgh; 518-563-6444
  • Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway Day Use Area, Lake George; 518-623-1268
  • Robert G. Wehle State Park, Henderson; 315-938-5302
  • Sacketts Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, Sacketts Harbor; 315-646-2321
  • Wellesley Island State Park, Fineview; 315-482-2479

Grand Capital District

  • Champlain Canal Lock 5, Schuylerville; 518-583-3708
  • Five Rivers Environmental Education Area, Delmar; 518-475-0291
  • Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton; 518-279-1155 x2
  • Mine Kill State Park, North Blenheim; 518-827-6111
  • Peebles Island State Park, Cohos; friendsofpeebles@gmail.com (2 caminatas)
  • Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs; 518-584-2000 x16
  • Thatcher State Park, Voorheesville; 518-872-0800

Hudson Valley / Catskills

  • Catskills Visitor Center, Shandken; 845-688-3369
  • FDR State Park, Yorktown; 914-245-4434
  • Little Stony Point/Hudson Highlands State Park, Cold Spring; 845-224-7207
  • John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah; 914-232-5651
  • Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Peters Kill, Kerhonkson; 845-255-0752
  • Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sams Point, Cragsmoor; 845-647-7989
  • Olana State Historic Site, Hudson; 518-751-0344
  • Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, Dobbs Ferry; 646-303-1448
  • Panther Mountain, Slide Mountain Wilderness, Shandaken; peter@catskillmountainclub.org
  • Platt Clove Preserve, Hunter; 845-688-3369
  • Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville; 914-666-6503
  • Stadtsburg State Historic Site, Stadtsburg; 845-874-0568
  • Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo; 845-351-5907
  • Taconic State Park – Copacab Falls, Copacab Falls; 518-329-3993
  • Walkway at Hudson State Historical Park, Poughkeepsie; 845-834-2867
  • Willowemoke Wild Forest, Rockland; 845-693-4181

New York City and Long Island

  • Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale; 516-249-0701
  • Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, Staten Island; 718-605-3970 ext. 201
  • Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Oakdale; 631-581-1005 (2 Caminata)
  • Hallock Preserve, Riverhead; 631-315-5475
  • Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead; 516-766-1029
  • Jones Beach State Park, Wyagha; 516-785-1600
  • Montauk Point State Park, Montauk; 631-668-5000
  • Mount Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island; 718-313-8591
  • Ridge Conservation Area, Ridge; 631-444-0350
  • Shirley Chisholm State Park, Brooklyn; 212-866-3100
  • Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park; 631-269-4333

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