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‘First Day Hike’ at Delaware Canal State Park in New Hope offers healthy start to new year

First Day Hike in Easton (Photo: Irene Tatariw Trindle)

To promote a healthy start to the new year, Delaware Canal State Park will sponsor a free guided hike on New Year’s Day in New Hope as part of a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) program in 29 state parks.

The family-friendly hike will take place on the Delaware Canal towpath at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve (lower parking lot) at 1635 River Road (Route 32) on Tuesday, Jan. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is not required.

Joined by a state park educator, hikers will head north for 2-4 miles along the Delaware Canal towpath toward New Hope and back on easy, level terrain. People of all ages and abilities can participiate, and leashed, friendly dogs are welcome. Hikers can move at their own pace, and turn back when they wish.

“Our First Day Hikes help remind people that our state parks and forests are open for healthy outdoor adventures in all four seasons, including winter,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn said. “They are a great way to make a resolution to enjoy nature and get more exercise, and keep it on the first day of the year.”

“America’s state parks provide havens for young and old alike to discover the tranquility and beauty of nature through outdoor recreation,” National Association of State Park Directors Executive Director Lewis Ledford said. “Hiking offers inspiring ways to improve your physical and mental health, while exploring beautiful public lands in every state.”

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