Feeling run down from the holiday excitement? Reinvigorate with a First Day Hike at an Alabama State Park! On New Year’s Day 2013, DeSoto, Gulf, Joe Wheeler, Lake Guntersville, Monte Sano, and Oak Mountain will each host a guided hike to help start the year off right.
All 50 states are hosting First Day Hikes to encourage the public to spend time outdoors, reduce stress and improve quality of life. The hikes are free, but park entrance fees apply.
If you can’t make one of the New Year’s hikes, plenty of self-guided hikes are available at all of Alabama’s 22 state parks. Other hiking/biking options outside of the state park system include Alabama’s Forever Wild properties. For trail maps and more, visit alapark.com or alabamaforeverwild.com.
In addition to hiking, Alabama State Parks offer a variety of outdoor recreation options (including birding) and overnight accommodations. Winter is an especially good time to visit an Alabama State Park as several of the parks offer discounted rates on cabins, and lodge and hotel rooms. Call the park office of your choice for more information at 1-800-ALA-PARK, or visit www.alapark.com.