First Day Hikes 2024

What better way to kick off the New Year than by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories in the great outdoors?


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. 


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:


Buck's Pocket State Park - Point Rock Overlook


Cheaha State Park - Hike to the High Point


Cheaha State Park - Bark Ranger Hike


Chewacla State Park - Waterfall Adventure  


DeSoto State Park - Neverland Trail 


Gulf State Park - The First 24 of 24 


Joe Wheeler State Park - Winter Wonderland First Day Hike


Lake Guntersville State Park - Atop Taylor Mountain 


Meaher State Park - Sunset on the Delta 


Oak Mountain State Park - Sunrise at King's Chair 


Wind Creek State Park - Speckled Snake Trail