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Where to Take a First Day Hike in the Hudson Valley

Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville is just one of the NYS parks offering New Year’s hikes.
Photo by Joe Golden, courtesy of Friends of Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Start the new year on the right foot — literally — with a picturesque January 1 hike at one of these local New York State parks.

No New Year’s Eve partying for you? That’s great. You’ll stay safe and feel rejuvenated for New Year’s Day. One great way to spend January 1 is on a First Day Hike at a New York State Park, where most include guided tours, and the activities vary from brisk walks to bird watching. Call or visit websites or social media accounts to reserve a spot and for more information.

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park

Yorktown Heights
10 a.m.       
A brisk walk with plenty of bridges. Call 914.245.4435 to reserve.

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

1–3 p.m.
Self-guided. For more info, call 914.232.5651 or go to www.johnjayhomestead.org.

Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Rockefeller State Park Preserve

9 a.m.
A walk along the Hudson River shoreline at Rockwood Hall. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com/o/rockefeller-state-park-preserve-15245742348.

Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park at Croton Reservoir and Dam

12 p.m. (Jan 1 and Jan 2)
Pre-registration required. Contact Sara Kelsey at saraakelsey@gmail.com, or call/text 646.303.1448.

Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve at Little Stony Point

Cold Spring
11 a.m.–2 p.m. (hikes start at 11:15 a.m.)
Pre-registration requested, via Facebook.com/littlestonypointpark, under Events.

Photo by Olivia Waldron/The Olana Partnership

Olana State Historic Site

10–11 a.m. and 1–2 p.m.
Limited capacity. Attendees must register in advance at www.olana.org/programs-events.

Staatsburgh State Historic Site

10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Reservations are required via staatsburgh.eventbrite.com.

Taconic State Park – Copake Falls Area

Copake Falls
10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Call 518.329-3993. Meet at the Pavilion/Copake Day Use for this three-mile hike to Bash Bish Falls.