Start the year off on the right foot, and the left foot, as you get out and enjoy nature with the whole family on New Year’s Day. Go for a First Day Hike in a state park near you and explore the great outdoors as you welcome in 2017.

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First Day Hikes vary from short, leisurely nature walks through forested trails and along boardwalks to climbs into the mountains. State park staff and volunteers will guide most hikes, and will talk about native plants, animals or park history along the way.

Many walks average one to two miles long, with shorter or longer treks available. A few parks will even offer runs or paddles. There’s something for everyone!

Click here for a list of First Day Hikes near the Austin area. Participating state parks include Inks Lake State ParkMcKinney Falls State Park, Bastrop State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park, and Lockhart State Park.

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While the hikes are free to join, regular park admission applies. For more details about the First Day Hikes program, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

Looking for other places to go hiking nearby? Check out our list of 10 Best Hikes for Families in Austin.