New Yorkers Invited to ‘First Day Hike’

New York residents are encouraged to head to state parks to join in some of the many events planned for the New Year, including joining what’s become known as First Day Hikes.

 The 13th annual First Day Hikes program on Jan. 1 is offering varied hike options for people at more than 80 locations across the state to enjoy. 

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Canal Corporation are partnering to host the many walks and hikes taking place throughout the state as part of the 13th Annual First Day Hikes program. 

In Huntington, there’s a hike planned for 10 a.m. at Caumsett State Historic Preserve.

“New York’s public lands are something to behold. We lead the nation on state public lands, and we house the nation’s oldest state park. As New York State Parks celebrates its Centennial next year, our First Day Hikes is the first of many celebratory events,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “I invite all New Yorkers to begin the New Year by experiencing New York’s beautiful landscapes and enjoying the environmental and cultural legacy we call home.”   

List of First Day Hikes by region:

Western New York 
Allegany State Park – Quaker Area, Salamanca; 716.379.6941 

Brockport Welcome Center, Brockport; 585.637.1000 

Buckhorn Island State Park, Grand Island; 716.475.0192
Evangola State Park, Irving; 716.475.0192
Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; 716.282.5154 (2 hikes)
Genesee Valley Greenway, Hinsdale; 585.493.3614
Genesee Valley Greenway, Cuba; 585.209.5512
Genesee Valley Greenway, Fillmore; register 
Genesee Valley Greenway, Avon; 585.278.5100
Genesee Valley Greenway, Nunda; 585.905.2117
Genesee Valley Greenway, Rochester; 585.256.2130
Genesee Valley Greenway, Scottsville; 585.943.2611
Genesee Valley Greenway, York; 585.493.3614

Genesee Valley Park, Rochester; 585.490.4463 or register here
Hamlin Beach State Park, Hamlin; 585.964.2462
Letchworth State Park Humphrey Nature Center, Castile; 585.493.3680 (3 hikes)
Letchworth State Park Highbanks Picnic Shelter, Mt. Morris; 585.493.3680 (2 hikes) 

Macedon Canal Park, Macedon; 315.986.5631 
Mount Pleasant State Forest, Chautauqua; 716.363.2052
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls; 716.282.5154
Phillips Creek State Forest, West Almond; 607.382.9770 (2 hikes)
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, Depew; 716.683.5959
Wilson Tuscarora State Park, Wilson; 716.282.5154 


Finger Lakes and Central New York 
Bowman Lake State Park/McDonough State Forest, Oxford; 607.775.2545
, Ext.121 (several hikes available)
Catharine Valley Trail, Watkins Glen; 607.481.0584
Chenango Valley State Park, Chenango Forks; 607.648.5251
Clark Reservation State Park, Jamesville;
 register here
Delta Lake State Park, Rome; 315.337.4670 (2 hikes)
Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Oswego; 315.343.4711 (guided and self-guided options)
Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown; 607.643.1275
Green Lakes State Park, Fayetteville; 315.637.6111
Hemlock-Canadice State Forest, Canadice; 585.259.4505 (2 hikes)
Herkimer Home State Historic Site, Herkimer; 315.823.0398
Montezuma Audubon Center, Savannah; 315.365.3588
Newtown Battlefield State Park, Elmira; 607.732.6287
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne; 607.674.4733 (2 hikes)
Selkirk Shores State Park, Pulaski; 315.298.5737
Seneca Lake State Park, Geneva; 315.789.2331
Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg; 607.387.7041
, Ext. 131
Two Rivers State Park, Waverly; 607.732.6287

North Country/Adirondacks 
Cat Mountain, Lake George Wild Forest, Bolton Landing; 518.338.8173
Coney Mountain, Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest, Tupper Lake; 315.916.4038 

John Brown Farm State Historic Site, Lake Placid; 518.527.0191
Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), Paul Smiths; 315.832.2695
Point Au Roche State Park, Plattsburgh; 518.563.0369
Prospect Mountain, Lake George Wild Forest, Lake George; 518.623.1268
Robert G. Wehle State Park, Henderson; 315.938.5302
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, Sackets Harbor; 315.646.2321
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry – Adirondack Interpretive Center, Goodnow Mountain, Newcomb; 518.582.4551, Ext. 113
Wellesley Island State Park, Fineview; 315.482.2479
Winona State Forest, Lacona; 315.785.2610 (taking place on 12/31/2023) 


Greater Capital District 
Adirondack Ultra Cycling, Schuylerville; 518.583.3708
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar; 518.475.0291 (2 hikes)
Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton; 518.279.1155 (2 hikes)

Moreau Lake State Park, Gansevoort; 518.793.0511 
Mine Kill State Park, North Blenheim; 518.827.8691
Peebles Island State Park, Cohoes; 
register here (2 hikes)
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs; 518.810.6906

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter; 518.829.7516 

Thacher State Park, Voorheesville; 518.807.7640 

Hudson Valley/Catskills 
Bramley Mountain, Delhi; 845.428.0160  

Catskills Visitor Center, Mount Tremper; 845.688.3369
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Yorktown; 914.245.4434
Little Stony Point/Hudson Highlands State Park, Cold Spring; 410.456.8998
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah; 914.232.5651
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Peter’s Kill, Kerhonkson; 845.255.0752
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam’s Point, Cragsmoor; 845.647.7989
North-South Lake Day Use Area, Haines Falls; 518.303.6050
Olana State Historic Site, Hudson; 518.751.6938
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, Dobbs Ferry; 646.303.1448
Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville; 914.631.1470
Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburgh; register here
Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo; 845.351.5907
Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Wappingers Falls; 845.831.3800
Taconic State Park – Copake Falls, Copake Falls; 518.329.3993 (2 hikes)
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Poughkeepsie; 845.834.2867
West Kill Mountain, Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area, West Kill; 
Willowemoc Wild Forest, Livingston Manor; 845.693.4181 

New York City and Long Island 
Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale; 631.962.0217
Camp Hero State Park, Montauk; 631
.668.5000, Ext. 0
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, Huntington; 631.581.1072
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, Staten Island; 347
Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Oakdale; 631
.481.3505, register here
Hallock State Park Preserve, Riverhead; 631.315.5475
Heckscher State Park, North Babylon; 631
Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead; 516
Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center, Wantagh; 516
Montauk Point State Park, Montauk; 631
Mt. Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island; 718.313.8591
Orient Beach State Park, Orient; 631
Ridge Conservation Area, Ridge; 631
Robert Moses State Park, Babylon; 631.581.1072
Shirley Chisholm State Park, Brooklyn, 718.277.2420 

Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park; 631.269.4333, Ext. 0 

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