Maybe you’re feeling a bit sluggish after all the champagne and cookies, or just want to start off the new year on a positive note.
Then get out and hike with park rangers and other environmental experts. The New Jersey State Park Service is planning 29 guided hikes, one mountain bike ride, and one horseback ride at state forests, parks, and historic sites on New Year’s Day.
And it’s all free. State officials say it’s a part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes program that offers a chance to experience nature with family, friends, or both.
The park service says participants should bring sturdy footwear, as well as water and snacks. Also make sure you check the weather and wear layers as needed. The latest forecast predicts good hiking weather, with an expected high of 43 degrees and sun in much of South Jersey on Wednesday.
The park service’s Facebook page will have up-to-date information.
Below is a list of some of the closest hikes to South Jersey and Philadelphia. Some hikes require registration and may already be full, so check first. However, all of the hikes are in public spaces and open to all.