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Tuesday, December 11 2012

Take a Hike on New Year's Day

From a Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation press release:

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) proudly announces the Commonwealth's participation in this year's First Day Hikes. Ringing in the New Year with a brisk walk through a state park is a tradition that started more than 20 years ago right here in Massachusetts at DCR's Blue Hills Reservation.

Scheduled hikes across the United States on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 will celebrate the second year of a National First Day Hikes movement, as part of a "get outdoors" initiative for people of all ages.

For 2013, DCR will sponsor free, guided hikes in eleven state parks across Massachusetts on New Year's Day. You can find detailed information about each hike, including distance, incline, and suggested footwear on DCR's website; look for the First Day Hike logo at www.mass.gov/dcr. First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year with a rejuvenating outdoor experience by reconnecting with nature and fitting in a few hours of exercise.

WHERE:   

WEST

Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, 1:00 p.m.

Meet at the Ski Lodge, 1041 Cascade Street.

DAR State Forest, Goshen, 10:30 a.m.

Meet at the Warming Hut in the Day-use Parking Lot.   

CENTRAL

Dunn State Park, Gardner, 12:00 p.m.

Meet at the Visitor Center.

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, Uxbridge 1:00 p.m.

Meet at the Visitor Center, which will open at noon for registration and a special interpretive program.

BOSTON

Chestnut Hill Reservation, Brighton, 12:00 p.m.

Meet at DCR's Reilly Skating Rink, 355 Chestnut Hill Avenue.

NORTH

Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield, 10:00 a.m.

Meet at headquarters. Following the hike, Willowdale Estates will host a reception for hikers.

Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord, 1:00 p.m.

Meet at the Thoreau House Replica, come early to see a Living History Program, which will begin at noon and end in time for the hike at 1 p.m. 

Breakheart Reservation, Saugus, 12:00 p.m.

Meet at the Visitor Center and enjoy free clam chowder, coffee and hot cocoa.

SOUTH

Blue Hills State Reservation, Milton, 1:00 p.m.

Meet in the Houghton's Pond Parking Lot at 840 Hillside St. and follow First Day signs. Arrive early to allow sufficient time for parking and enjoy a free cup of soup beginning at noon.

Nantasket Beach Reservation, Hull, 12:00 p.m.

Meet at the Mary Jeannette Murray Bathhouse.

Shawme Crowell State Forest, Sandwich, 1:00 p.m.

Meet at the Pavilion Area at 42 Main Street.

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The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Edward M. Lambert Jr., the agency's mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us.

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