First Day Hikes 2022

First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Last year more than 85,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 176,000 miles throughout the country!


First Day Hikes are led by knowledgeable state park staff and volunteers. The distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family. People are invited to savor the beauty of the state park’s natural resources with the comfort of an experienced guide so they may be inspired to take advantage of these local treasures throughout the year. Learn more about First Day Hikes across the country.


Make your plans to join us for one of the Alabama State Parks First Day Hikes below:

Buck's Pocket State Park - Indian House Trail

Cathedral Caverns State Park - Cave Trail

Cheaha State Park - Accessible Hike on Boardwalk

Cheaha State Park - Hike to the Top of Alabama

DeSoto State Park - CCC Unfinished Bridge 

DeSoto State Park-Eberhart Trail(Little River Canyon)

Gulf State Park - Bear Creek

Joe Wheeler State Park - Multi-Use Trail

Lake Guntersville State Park - Butler Pass

Lake Guntersville State Park - Night Hike

Lakepoint State Park - Lakeview Trail

Meaher State Park - Sunrise Over Meaher

Monte Sano State Park - Guided Hike

Oak Mountain State Park - King's Chair Sunrise Hike

Wind Creek State Park - Campfire Trail


Alabama State Parks First Day Hikes