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Delaware State Park in New Hope hosts ‘First Day Hike’ on New Year’s Day

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

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 39 state parks to help promote a healthy start to the new year.

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 Wednesday, Jan. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is not required.

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

“Last year, we hosted over 800 participants who hiked almost 1,900 miles throughout Pennsylvania,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, join us at one of Pennsylvania’s state parks on New Year’s Day!”

A complete listing of Pennsylvania’s First Day Hikes, including starting times, durations, and type terrain to be traveled, can be found at Pennsylvania First Day Hikes.

Hikers are invited to share their experience on social media using #FirstDayHikePA.

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