First Day Hikes 2023

Kick Off the New Year Outdoors with Maryland State Parks

First Day Hikes include First Weekend Outdoor Opportunities, with Ranger-led Hikes and Self-Guided Hike Options for the Whole Family!


Maryland State Parks will be offering First Weekend hike opportunities across the state from December 31, 2022 - January 2, 2023. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks that encourages all 50 states to offer outdoor hiking opportunities on the first day of the new year! Join us in Maryland on January 1st or throughout the first weekend of the new year for a hike at a state park near you.

For 2023, there are two types of hikes available:

  • Ranger-led hikes: These hikes will be led by a Park Ranger, have specific start times and many require pre-registration. Please read the details provided below carefully.
  • Self-guided hikes: These hikes will be available throughout the weekend, on well marked trails. Park staff and volunteers may be available to get you started but will not be joining you on the hike itself. Please read the details provided below carefully.

First Day Hike “I Hiked” Stickers will be available at select locations while supplies last!

Please note you are welcome to take a First Day Hike on any trail or at any State Park during this weekend event, if you would prefer!

After your hike, please come back here and fill out this form to let us know about your hike and how many miles you covered!​​


First Day Hike 2020 at Patapsco State Park




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Western Region​


Allegany County


Dans Mountain State Park


A New Trail for the New Year! - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10 AM
  • Meeting Location: Hill Run Group Campsite Pavilion
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Address: Water Station Run Rd, Lonaconing, MD 21539

Description:
Dans Mountain State Park is proud to offer a First Day Hike on a brand new constructed trail! Participants will meet at the Hill Run Group Campsite Pavilion and be shuttled to the trail head to avoid a steep return walk along the road. The hike will be three miles, traversing natural surfaces as you descend over 600 feet through forested, rocky terrain. Complimentary coffee and hot chocolate will be provided for participants.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. This trail is not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Portable restrooms are located at the nearby Water Station Run fishing pond or the Mountain Top Pavilion off of Recreation Area Rd. This trail traverses several rocky areas that may be challenging with ice or snow present. Hiking poles are recommended.

Additional Information:
New Germany State Park Ranger Station: 301-895-5453
E-mail: newgermany.statepark@maryland.gov


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Rocky Gap State Park


Lakeside Loop Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 5.3 miles
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 17400 Campers Hill Drive, Flintstone, MD 21530

Description:
Want to enjoy the trail at your own pace? Visit Rocky Gap State Park's most popular trail, the Lakeside Loop, and enjoy the scenery of the lake in the winter time. This trail is a loop, and visitors can turn around at any time, making it easy to pick whatever length you'd like to hike! Stop by the Nature Center area for warm beverages, s'mores, and this year's First Year Hike sticker!

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Surfaces are unpaved, natural surface trails, and can be often uneven, and quite rocky with lots of uphil and downhill traversing. Bathrooms are available at the Nature Center, as well as in the Day Use area of the park.

Additional Information:
Contact: rockygap.statepark@maryland.gov
Duty Ranger: 240-357-4404
Park Office: 301-722-1480




Nature Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration is not required, but feel free to contact rockygap.statepark@maryland.gov to express interest.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 11 AM
  • Meeting Location: Rocky Gap Nature Center
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: ~1 miles
  • Address: 17400 Campers Hill Drive, Flintstone, MD 21530

Description:
Join park rangers as we take a slower stroll style hike and enjoy the nature around us! This guided hike will touch on the ecosystems and the nature we can appreciate in the winter. Stop by the Nature Center area for warm beverages, s'mores, and this year's First Year Hike sticker!

Additional Details:
This hike will take place on paved surfaces throughout the campground. While surfaces will be paved, please be aware we often encounter snowy or icy conditions in January. Leashed pets that are comfortable around large groups of people and other pets are welcome. Restrooms are available at the Nature Center.

Additional Information:
Contact: rockygap.statepark@maryland.gov
Duty Ranger 240-357-4404, Park Office 301-722-1480




Fitness Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration is not required, but feel free to contact rockygap.statepark@maryland.gov to express interest.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 1 PM
  • Meeting Location: Rocky Gap Nature Center
  • Difficulty: Moderate - Hard
  • Distance: ~3 miles
  • Address: 17400 Campers Hill Drive, Flintstone, MD 21530

Description:
Want to break a sweat on the 1st of the year? Join our park ranger on a guided fitness hike to celebrate the new year! Stop by the Nature Center area for warm beverages, s'mores, and this year's First Year Hike sticker!

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Surfaces are unpaved, natural surface trails, and can be often uneven, and quite rocky with lots of uphil and downhill traversing. Bathrooms are available at the Nature Center, as well as in the Day Use area of the park. Leashed pets that are comfortable around large groups of people and other pets are welcome.

Additional Information:
Contact: rockygap.statepark@maryland.gov
Duty Ranger 240-357-4404, Park Office 301-722-1480


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Sideling Hill Creek State Park


Potomac River Overlook Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 11110 Ziegler Road, Hancock, MD 21750

Description:
Hike up the trail for a wonderful view of the Potomac River valley from the Potomac River Overlook. The overlook is not handicapped-accessible. Bring a snack and something to drink since there is no potable water available.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Portable toilet at the trailhead.

Additional Information:
Park Office: 301-842-2155 (Fort Frederick State Park)
Email: fort.frederick@maryland.gov


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Frederick County


Cunningham Falls State Park


Catoctin Furnace & African American Cemetery - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2.2 miles
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 6709 Cunningham Falls Park Rd., Thurmont, MD

Description:
Start the new year with a little hiking and a lot of knowledge. Start at the lower parking area in the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park, this trail (approximately 2.2 miles round trip) takes you along Little Hunting Creek and over US 15 via a steep footbridge to the historic Catoctin Furnace Historic Site. There you will find the ruins of the Iron Master’s House and the furnace “Isabella.” Continue beyond the furnace site to an African American Cemetery that was the final resting place of some of the furnace workers. Interpretive panels along the trail tell you the story of the land and of the workers who lived and worked at the furnace over its history.

Additional Details:
Parking is available at the Furnace site along Route 806 for those who cannot hike over the footbridge (this section is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Portable toilets are available in the Manor Area only. Leashed pets are welcome.

Additional Information:
Office: 301-271-7574
Duty Ranger: 301-712-6964
Email: cunninghamfalls.statepark@maryland.gov



Lower Falls Trail & Cliff Trail Loop - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 11 AM
  • Meeting Location: Falls Trailhead
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 1.25 miles
  • Address: 14274 William Houck Dr., Thurmont, MD 21788

Description:
Start the new year with a ranger to hike to Cunningham Falls on the Lower trail. Continue with the ranger back to the parking area via the Cliff trail which involves some climbing over rocks, or self guide yourself back on the Lower Falls trail. Cliff trail involves some light rock climbing, not suitable for strollers.

Additional Details:
Lower Falls is stroller accessible. Port a pot only on site at the parking lot areas. Leashed pets are welcome. Parking will be in the South Beach Lot.

Additional Information:
Office: 301-271-7574
Duty Ranger: 301-712-6964
Email: cunninghamfalls.statepark@maryland.gov


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Gambrill State Park


Gambrill Overlooks Hike - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 8448 High Knob Rd., Frederick, MD 21702

Description:
Combination of several trails, will be marked due to its temporary status. Stop and see three overlooks within the park and beautiful daytime views of Frederick and Middletown. Begin hike at High Knob Nature Center and follow signage.​

Additional Details:
Area is not accessible via stroller. Leashed pets are welcome. Parking and a port a pot is available at the High Knob Area.

Additional Information:
Office: 301-271-7574
Duty Ranger: 301-712-6964
Email: cunninghamfalls.statepark@maryland.gov


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Gathland State Park


First Day Hike through History - Ranger-led Hike

  • No Pre-registration Required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 1 PM
  • Meeting Location: Gathland Hall Museum
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: ~4 miles
  • Address: 900 Arnoldstown Rd., Jefferson, MD 21755

Description:
Join us for a guided First Day hike through history! We'll begin at Crampton's Gap and hike on the Appalachian Trail to Brownsville Pass, one of the lesser-known locations that played a major role in the 1862 Maryland Campaign and the Battle of South Mountain. Once we reach Brownsville Pass, you will have the option to hike back or continue towards Weverton Cliff Overlook.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. The Appalachian Trail is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water.

Contact: Greenbrier State Park - greenbrier.statepark@maryland.gov
Park Office: 301.791.4656
Park Duty Ranger: 240-357-4386


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Garrett County


Deep Creek Lake State Park


Deep Creek Lake State Park First Day Hike 2023 - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at Noon
  • Meeting Location: Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Distance: 1 mile/ 3 miles
  • Address: 969 State Park Road, Swanton, MD 21561

Description:
Join Maryland Conservation Corps Members on one of two guided hikes. Hike one is a moderate 3-mile hike through the woods on Beckaman's Trail. Hike two is an easier walk on the discovery trail, following the lake to the boat launch and back. Both hikes will leave from the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center at noon.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Bring water and be prepaired for cold weather.

Additional Information:
Discovery Center: 301-895-7067 or email deepcreek.statepark@maryland.gov


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Herrington Manor State Park


Learn to identify Northern Hardwoods by bark - Ranger-led Hike

  • Pre-registration referred. Call Park Office at 301-334-9180, or email richardhill1@maryland.gov. Give us your phone number or email so we can let you know if we need to cancel. We will cancel, if necessary, a few days before the hike.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 1pM
  • Meeting Location: Meet at Lake House
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.6 miles
  • Address: 222 Herrington Manor Lane

Description:
Join our Park Naturalist on a hike stressing identification of trees by bark. White and red oak, black cherry, white ash, red and sugar maple and others.

Additional Details:
Children and leashed pets are welcome. Not wheelchair accessible. Toilets available at Lake House. Dress for the weather, sturdy shoes, and water. Day use fees apply. In the event of extreme cold, ice or snow, the hike will be cancelled.

Additional Information:
Email park naturalist: richardhill1@maryland.gov


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New Germany State Park


New Germany First Day Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 2 PM
  • Meeting Location: Inside the Lake House
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Address: 403 McAndrews Hill Rd, Grantsville, MD 21536

Description:
Celebrate the new year by joining Ranger Noah on this moderate to difficult 4 mile hike through New Germany State Park. The hike will start at 2:00 pm at the Lake House. Afterwards, warm up by the fire and enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate in the Lake House.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Please remember to bring water and appropriate footwear. This hike is not stroller friendly. Bathrooms are located at the Lake House.

Additional Information:
New Germany State Park Ranger Station: (301) 895-5453
E-mail: newgermany.statepark@maryland.gov


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Sang Run State Park


Bluebird Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 3735 Sang Run Rd., McHenry, MD 21541

Description:
Come to Sang Run State Park for a self-guided hike through the historic agricultural fields. This stroll is excellent for birdwatching and beautiful views of the Youghiogheny River Valley. The Bluebird trail is marked by blue circles, and starts just up the hill by the garden behind the Friends Store. Prepare for possible snow covered trails with proper hiking shoes and warm clothing and binoculars. Bring something to drink since there is no potable water on-site.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. No stroller/wheelchair access. Vault toilet available in the parking lot.

Additional Information:
Contact: Ranger Will Sade - william.sade@maryland.gov / Park Office: 301-387-5563
Duty Ranger: 240-405-9827
Park Email: deepcreek.statepark@maryland.gov


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Swallow Falls State Park


First Day Falls Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Pre-registration is preferred. Please call or email. Registrants will be notified in advance if the hike is cancelled.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10 AM
  • Meeting Location: Meet at Canyon Trail trailhead
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.25 miles
  • Address: 2470 Maple Glade Rd, Oakland, MD 21550

Description:
Join a ranger for a scenic hike through one of western Maryland's most stunning patches of forest. Highlights include towering old-growth hemlocks and pines, shaded rocky gorges lined with rhododendron, and several waterfalls, including Muddy Creek Falls, Maryland's highest waterfall.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Please dress appropriately for the weather -- sturdy shoes and winter gear. Please bring your own water. Regristrants will be notified of a cancellation a few days prior in the event of extreme cold, snow, or ice. Park admission fees apply.

Additional Information:
Park Office: (301) 334-9180
Email: ryana.keller@maryland.gov


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Washington County


Fort Frederick State Park


100th Anniversary Hikes & Walking Tours - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Distance: Various
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool, MD 21711

Description:
The land that is now Fort Frederick State Park was purchased by Maryland in December of 1922. Although it would take another 15 years to develop it into a full-fledged park, we are starting the 100th Anniversary Celebration with self-guided hikes along the Beaver Pond Trail (1 mile), the Plantation Trail (1 mile) and the Green Trail (2 Miles) as well as walking tours featuring the history of the 1756 Fort, The Williams Family and The Civilian Conservation Corps. Start your visit at the park Visitor Center where you can enjoy the newly renovated museum exhibit highlighting stories of the fort and park. Park map and walking tours will be available at the Visitor Center and can also be printed at home from the park’s website. 11 am to 4 pm.

Additional Information:
Park Office: 301-842-2155 (Fort Frederick State Park)
Email: fort.frederick@maryland.gov.


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Greenbrier State Park


Story Trail on the Green Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 0.8 mile
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713

Description:
Join us for a self-led First Day hike along the green trail and enjoy this interactive book along the way. Come prepare to act out what you see and hear on this winter walk! The book we will use is Jenny's Winter Walk, a kids yoga winter book. Green trail begins near the Visitors Center. Follow signs to the park Visitors Center between 10 am and 3 pm for trail maps and more information to plan your hike.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. The green trail is not wheelchair and stroller friendly. Restrooms will be available at the Visitors Center. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. No pre-registration required.

Additional Information:
Greenbrier State Park - greenbrier.statepark@maryland.gov
Park Office: 301.791.4656
Park Duty Ranger: 240.357.4386



Marked Mile Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713

Description:
Join us for a self-led First Day hike along paved surfaces beside the park's lake and through the picnic area. Hike begins near the Visitors Center and will be marked with green cones. Follow signs to the park Visitors Center between 10 am and 3 pm for trail maps and more information to plan your hike.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. The Marked Mile is both wheelchair and stroller friendly. Restrooms will be available at the Visitors Center. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. No pre-registration required.

Additional Information:
Greenbrier State Park - greenbrier.statepark@maryland.gov
Park Office: 301.791.4656
Park Duty Ranger: 240.357.4386


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Washington Monument State Park


Appalachian/Monument Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1/2 - 1 mile
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 6620 Zittlestown Rd. Middletown, MD 21769

Description:
View an incredible sunset on the first day of 2023! Visit Washington Monument State Park at 4:00 pm and follow a self-led hike a short distance to the monument. The park will be open extended hours so you can see the sunset.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. The Appalachian Trail is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. Please dress appropriately for the weather, bring water and a flashlight or headlamp. No Pre-registration Required.

Additional Information:
Contact: Greenbrier State Park - greenbrier.statepark@maryland.gov
Park Office: 301.791.4656
Park Duty Ranger: 240.357.4386




Central Region


Baltimore County


Gunpowder Falls State Park


First Day Hike at North Point State Park - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration via email preferred but not required.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at Noon
  • Meeting Location: Black Marsh trailhead
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Address: 8400 North Point Rd, Edgemere, MD 21219

Description:
This beginner friendly hike is rated "easy" as you stroll through the beautiful (and flat!) Black Marsh loop trail. The guided version of this hike will be hosted at 8:00 am and 11:00 am. Hikers will meet in the parking lot by the Black Marsh trailhead.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, please wear appropriate footwear as the trail can sometimes be wet. Be sure to bring water! Porta-pots are available by the parking lot.

Additional Information:Gunpowder Falls State Park office: (410) 877-3560
Email: margaret.white@maryland.gov




Hereford First Day Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration via email preferred but not required.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 11 AM
  • Meeting Location: Bunker Hill Rd. Parking Lot - off of York Rd, across from Hereford High School
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Address: Bunker Hill Rd.,

Description:
This is our "difficult" rated first day hike based on length, terrain, and elevation. Hikers will meet at the Bunker Hill parking lot by the blue trailhead. The start time for this hike is 11:00am, and due to the length there will only be one park-guided hike, but we will leave maps at the trailhead for those who come earlier/later to do the self-guided version.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, pleae remember to bring water and wear appropriate footwear. There are no bathrooms available at this location.

Additional Information:Gunpowder Falls State Park office: (410) 877-3560
Email: margaret.white@maryland.gov


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Patapsco Valley State Park - Hilton Area


Kids Countdown Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration is encouraged. We need to create the sign up link, will get that to you ASAP.
  • Date/Time: 12/31/22 at 4 - 5 PM
  • Meeting Location: Shelter 245
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: Variable
  • Address: 1101 Hilton Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228

Description:
Join us for an alternative New Year's Eve! Does your young one feel left out by the late night party? Bring a flashlight and count down with us after the hike! Meet at Shelter 245 in the Hilton Area. Sign up Encouraged. Shine Only.

Additional Details:
Pets on a leash are welcome. Advanced registration ​preferred, contact Park Headquarters. Park Entrance fee is $2/vehicle, payable at the Honor Box.

Additional Information:
Park Headquarters: 410-461-5005
Email: patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov


Last Day Bike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration is encouraged. You can register here or call 410-461-5005.
  • Date/Time: 12/31/22 at 9 - 11 AM
  • Meeting Location: Hilton Tire Park
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Address: 1101 Hilton Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228

Description:
Join us for a 'Last Day Bike' on New Year's Eve! Meet our partners, Muddy Pedals at the Tire Park for an adventurous 6 mile ride with around 1000 ft in elevation gain. The ride will last approximately 2 hours.

Additional Details:
Pets and strollers are prohibited. ​Advanced registration preferred, contact Park Headquarters. Park Entrance fee is $2/vehicle, payable at the Honor Box. Restrooms will be available on site.

Additional Information:
Park Headquarters: 410-461-5005
Email: patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov




Patapsco Valley State Park - Orange Grove Area


Adaptive Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration is required. ​You can sign up here or call 410-461-5005.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 3 - 5 PM
  • Meeting Location: Orange Grove Shelter 106
  • Difficulty: #
  • Distance: #
  • Address: 5120 South Street, Halethorpe, MD 21227

Description:
Looking to get out on a trail for the New Year? Join us for this Adaptive Hike at Patapsco Valley State Park! Begin on a fully accessible, paved & flat trail with scenic views of the Patapsco River. After around a half mile, the trail will turn to crushed rock surface.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets & strollers are welcome. Surface is paved and/or covered in crushed rock. Restrooms on site. Hike recommended to any adventurer that would like to surround themselves with nature. Entrance fees apply.

Additional Information:
Park Headquarters: 410-461-5005
Email: patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov




Patapsco Valley State Park​ - Carroll County


Medicine Tree Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 0.3 mile
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 11676 Marriottsville Road, Marriotsville, MD 21104

Description:
Warm up for New Year's with a self-led hike! Medicine Tree Trail by McKeldin Shelter 600 is a 0.3 loop with variable terrain that winds through the McKeldin forest. Come when you can throughout the day and enjoy McKeldin's other treasures while you're here!

Additional Details:
Leashed pets welcome. No stroller/wheelchair access. Restrooms available in park.

Additional Information:
Park Headquarters: 410-461-5005
Email: patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov


Patapsco Valley State Park - Hollofield Area - Howard County


River Ridge / Union Dam - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Required, capped at 50 people, We need to create the sign up link, will get that to you ASAP.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 11 AM
  • Meeting Location: Hollofield, Shelter 301
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Distance: >2.5 miles
  • Address: 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Description:
Meet at Hollofield 301 for a slightly less than 2.5 mile hike to the River Ridge and Union Dam trails. Think about the past year and contemplate the coming one, or mediate on goalas and resolutions you may have for 2023. Variable terrain, get ready for a strenuous hike. No strollers! Not a hike for beginners. Sign up required in advance. Shine only. Spots for 50 participants.

Additional Details:
Strenuous hike, not for beginners! Leashed pets welcome. No strollers. Restroom on site. Hike recommended for children 10 and over only, due to difficult terrain.

Additional Information:
Park Headquarters: 410-461-5005
Email: patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov



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Soldiers Delight NEA


Sunset Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration is required. We need to create the sign up link, will get that to you ASAP.
  • Date/Time: 12/31/22 at 2 PM
  • Meeting Location: Soldier's Delight Visitor Center
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • Address: 5100 Deer Park Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Description:
See the sun set for the last time in 2022! Meet at the Soldiers Delight Visitor Center to hike the 2.5 mi Serpentine Trail, ending at the Overlook on Deer Park Rd to watch the sun set over the valley. Hike will end with a short length of trail by flashlight back to the Visitor Center. The Serpentine Trail includes a stream crossing and is a hilly hike- dress for the weather and wear footwear appropriate for variable terrain. Shine only.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Restrooms available in the Visitor Center.

Additional Information:
Park Headquarters: 410-461-5005
Email: patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov


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Carroll County


Patapsco Valley State Park


Medicine Tree Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 0.3 mile
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 11676 Marriottsville Road, Marriotsville, MD 21104

Description:
Warm up for New Year's with a self-led hike! Medicine Tree Trail by McKeldin Shelter 600 is a 0.3 loop with variable terrain that winds through the McKeldin forest. Come when you can throughout the day and enjoy McKeldin's other treasures while you're here!

Additional Details:
Leashed pets welcome. No stroller/wheelchair access. Restrooms available in park.

Additional Information:
Park Headquarters: 410-461-5005
Email: patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov


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Cecil County


Bohemia River State Park


Bohemia River's First Ever, First Day Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Pre-registration is preferred. Please contact the park by email or phone to register today!
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 1 PM
  • Meeting Location: Main Parking Lot
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 1 mile/ 3.5 miles
  • Address: 4030 Augustine Herman Hwy, Chesapeake City , MD 21915

Description:
Join us on one of two guided hikes at beautiful Bohemia River State Park. Hike one is a moderate 3.5 loop featuring sweeping views of Great Bohemia Creek and will introduce visitors to the newly constructed Burkalow Creek Trail. Hike two is a short 1-mile walk down to Oak Point and back again.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Day use fees apply.

Additional Information:
Bohemia River State Park Duty Ranger: (667) 500-2417
Email: bohemiariver.statepark@maryland.gov


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Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area


Fair Hill's First Day Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Pre-registration is preferred. Please contact Park Headquarters by email or phone to register today!
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 9 AM
  • Meeting Location: North Appleton Parking Lot
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Distance: 5.7 miles
  • Address: 2941 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921

Description:
Join our Rangers for a 5.75 mile guided hike for the first of the new year. We will stop towards the end of the hike to enjoy a warm campfire and make s'mores as a chance to take a break and socialize.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Day use fees apply.

Additional Information:
Fair Hill NRMA Park Office: 410-398-1246
Fair Hill NRMA Duty Ranger: 410-218-1698
Email: fairhill.dnr@maryland.gov


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Elk Neck State Park

Beaver Marsh Loop - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 4395 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD 21901

Description:
Begin at the Beaver Marsh Trail Head Rogues Harbor Upper Parking Area on a self-guided hike around the Beaver Marsh and hike into the New Year on a cool winter day. Enjoy the winter wildlife including songbirds, hawks, and geese while experiencing the January flora and fauna as you walk around the marsh. Hiking is permitted sunrise to sunset!

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, not stroller/wheelchair accessible, Restrooms available in lower lot of Rogues Harbor Area. Day Use fees apply.

Additional Information:
Elk Neck State Park Office Number: 410-287-5333




First Day Hike: For The Love of Winter! - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration preferred but not required.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 1-3:30 PM
  • Meeting Location: Rogues Harbor/Beaver Marsh Loop Trailhead
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Distance: 4.4 miles
  • Address: 4395 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD 21901

Description:Join a Ranger and hike into the New Year. Along this moderate 4.5 mile hike to the White Banks Trail vista point, keep an eye out for winter wildlife and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Chesapeake Bay. Meet at the Rogues Harbor trailhead in the upper parking lot. Registration is preferred but not required. If you cannot attend the Ranger-led hike, a self-guided 2 mile moderate hike will be available on the White Banks and Beaver Marsh Loop Trails all weekend long. Day-use fees apply (MD resident $3, non-resident $5).​​

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Day use fees apply.

Additional Information:
Elk Neck State Park office: 410-287-5333
elkneck.statepark@maryland.gov


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Harford County


Gunpowder Falls State Park


Jerusalem Mill First Day Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration preferred but not required.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 8AM and Noon
  • Meeting Location: Blacksmith Shop (Across the street from visitor center)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Address: 2813 Jerusalem Rd, Kingsville, MD 21087

Description:
Our most popular first day hike! This "moderate" hike starts at our historical Jerusalem Mill village and takes us to the Little Gunpowder trail along the Gunpowder River. This hike includes shallow stream crossings and some small inclines. Park-guided hikes will start at 8:00am and Noon.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, please remember to bring water and wear appropriate footwear. Bathrooms are located inside of the visitor center as well as porta-pots by the parking lot.

Additional Information:Gunpowder Falls State Park office: (410) 877-3560
Email: margaret.white@maryland.gov


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Rocks State Park

White Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 3805 St Clair Bridge Rd, Jarrettsville, MD 21084

Description:
Start your journey at Wilsons picnic area parking lot and hike the White Trail up to the King and Queen Seat to overlook a beautiful mountain vista. This hike will provide a nice but brief challenge to those wanting to get a warmup on a cool morning or afternoon. Make sure to bring some binoculars or a camera for when you get to the top! The hike will be staffed from 9 AM - 3 PM.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Restrooms are available at the Wilson picnic area.

Additional Information:
Park Office: 410-557-7994
E-mail: rocks.statepark@maryland.gov


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Susquehanna State Park


Greenways Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2-4 miles
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 2522 Shures Landing Rd., Darlington, MD 21034

Description:
Walk along the Susquehanna River and check out the waterfowl on this easy-to-hike trail that starts at the Conowingo Dam and heads into Susquehanna State Park. This trail is a straight shot without loops, so you can choose when to start heading back for the day. Aftwerwards, you can check out the dam and bring some binoculars or a camera to capture some photos of wildlife. This hike will be staffed from 9 AM - 3 PM to answer any questions.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Additional Information:
Park Office: 410-557-7994
Email: susquehanna.statepark@maryland.gov


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Howard County


Patapsco Valley State Park - Hollofield Area


River Ridge / Union Dam - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Required, capped at 50 people, We need to create the sign up link, will get that to you ASAP.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 11 AM
  • Meeting Location: Hollofield, Shelter 301
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Distance: >2.5 miles
  • Address: 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Description:
Meet at Hollofield 301 for a slightly less than 2.5 mile hike to the River Ridge and Union Dam trails. Think about the past year and contemplate the coming one, or mediate on goalas and resolutions you may have for 2023. Variable terrain, get ready for a strenuous hike. No strollers! Not a hike for beginners. Sign up required in advance. Shine only. Spots for 50 participants.

Additional Details:
Strenuous hike, not for beginners! Leashed pets welcome. No strollers. Restroom on site. Hike recommended for children 10 and over only, due to difficult terrain.

Additional Information:
Park Headquarters: 410-461-5005
Email: patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov


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Montgomery County


Patuxent River State Park


The Long Hike into 2023 - Ranger-led Hike

  • Preregistration recommended by contacting Patuxentriver.Statepark@maryland.gov
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10 AM
  • Meeting Location: Patuxent River Nature Center
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • Address: 23222 Georgia Ave, Brookeville, MD, 20833​

Description:
Join Park Rangers on this guided 3.5 mile round trip hike. We will be meeting at the Park Nature Center and setting off on the Flowing Free trail connecting to the Cemetery Trail and returning.

Additional Details:
This trail is natural surface and is not wheelchair or stroller friendly, however friendly leashed dogs are welcome. A restroom is located in the Parking lot. Registration is preferred as parking and supplies are limited.

Additional Information:
For additional information please call 301-924-2127 or email Patuxentriver.Statepark@maryland.gov




The Short Hike into 2023 - Ranger-led Hike

  • Preregistration recommended by contacting Patuxentriver.Statepark@maryland.gov
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 1 PM
  • Meeting Location: Patuxent River Nature Center
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Address: 23222 Georgia Ave, Brookeville, MD, 20833​

Description:
Join Park Rangers on this guided 1.5 mile round trip hike. We will be meeting at the Park Nature Center and setting off on the Flowing Free trail and returning for a shorter walk. This guided hike will depart at 1 p.m.

Additional Details:
This trail is natural surface and is not wheelchair or stroller friendly, however friendly leashed dogs are welcome. A restroom is located in the Parking lot. Registration is preferred as parking and supplies are limited.

Additional Information:
For additional information please call 301-924-2127 or email Patuxentriver.Statepark@maryland.gov


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Seneca Creek State Park


Old Pond Loop - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 11950 Clopper Rd.

Description:
Come to Seneca Creek State Park for a self-guided hike around the old pond loop trail. This hike is easy and be done in either direction starting and ending at the Park office.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Natural surface trail. Restrooms are located by the contact station and by the tire playground.

Additional Information:
Contact: Shelby Smith at Shelby.Smith@maryland.gov
Park office: 301-924-2127


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Southern Region


Anne Arundel County


Sandy Point State Park


Beach Hike - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: ~2 miles
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 1100 E. College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409

Description:
Stop by Sandy Point State Park for a self-guided hike along the Chesapeake Bay. Start your journey at East Beach and enjoy the view of the Chesapeake Bay at your own pace.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. No stroller/wheelchair access. Porta potties are available throughout the park and the marina restrooms are available near the boat ramps. $3 per vehicle to enter the park, please use the auto-tolls at the entrance.

Additional Information:
Park Office: 410-974-2149 / Duty Ranger: 410-980-3113
Ranger Myia Tariq: myia.tariq@maryland.gov
Park Email: sandypoint.statepark@maryland.gov


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Calvert County


Calvert Cliffs State Park


Cavert Cliffs First Day Hike 2023 - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 8:30 AM
  • Meeting Location: Red Trailhead
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 3.6 miles
  • Address: 10540 H.G. Truman Road, Lusby, MD 20657

Description:
The Red Trail is a 1.8 mile hike from the parking lot to the beach. Once you get down to the beach you can look for unique fossils, and possibly some shark teeth.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, the park is open sunrise-sunset, beach closes an hour before the park.

Additional Information:
Calvert Cliffs Statepark Office: 443-975-4360
Park email: calvertcliffs.statepark@maryland.gov


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Charles County


Chapman State Park


Southern Maryland Heritage First Day Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Pre-registration is preferred. Please contact Park Headquarters by email or phone to register today!
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 9 - 10:30 AM
  • Meeting Location: Chapman State Park main entrance parking lot
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 2.35 miles
  • Address: 3452 Ferry Pl, Indian Head, MD 20640

Description:
Begin your New Year’s Day with our park ranger for a beautiful and historical guided hike along the Coastal Woodlands Trail! Chapman State Park is named after the prominent Chapman family, who were closely tied to the families of Founding Fathers George Washington and George Mason. Highlights include a trip to the shoreline along the Potomac River, encountering the family’s cemetery, and a chance to experience one of the most scenic views in southern Maryland from the overlook at Mt. Aventine Mansion. Receive your very own First Day Hike 2023 achievement sticker at the end of the journey.

Additional Details:
Children and friendly leashed pets are welcome! Most of this hike will occur on natural trails that are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Please dress appropriately for the weather with sturdy shoes and bring your own water and snacks. There is an available portable toilet for park visitors at the beginning and end of the hike. Hike will occur in rain or shine, but participants will be notified of a cancellation a few days prior in the event of extreme cold, snow, or ice.

Additional Information:
Park Headquarters Phone Number: (301) 743-7613
Email: smallwood.statepark@maryland.gov




Marsh Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: ~2.5 miles
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head, MD 20640​

Description:
Start the new year with a little mammal mania-- Park outside the white gates and follow the driveway to the Mt Aventine Mansion. On the back porch of the mansion you will find a sign in sheet and a little scavenger hunt (as well as your first day hike sticker). You will then continue to the Marsh Trail where you will be able to travel through a variety of habitats, looking for signs of wildlife along the way. This trail is not a loop, so when you reach the end, turn around and come back!

Additional Details:
Please no pets so as not to disturb the mammals the hikers are looking for. Strollers not recommended. Porta Potty Available. No Fees.

Additional Information:
For Additional Information, email smallwood.statepark@maryland.gov or call (301) 743-7613; Duty Ranger (240)743-8475


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Smallwood State Park


“Where One Goes Pleasantly” First Day Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Pre-registration is preferred. Please contact Park Headquarters by email or phone to register today!
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 1 - 2:30 PM
  • Meeting Location: Pavilion #2, located next to the marina parking lot
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 2.34 miles
  • Address: 2750 Sweden Point Rd, Marbury, MD 20658

Description:
Join an enthusiastic park ranger on New Year’s Day for a scenic and historical guided hike along the Generals Walk Trail! Smallwood State Park is named after General William Smallwood of the Revolutionary War and rests right along Mattawoman Creek. Known for its beauty and high biodiversity, the creek’s name derives from the Algonquian compound word Mataughquamend, “where one goes pleasantly.” Highlights include walking over Mattawoman Creek on our newly-built footbridge, encountering the general’s retreat home, and venturing through his colonial tobacco house! Receive your very own First Day Hike 2023 achievement sticker, enjoy a campfire overlooking the creek, and snack on some s'mores and hot cocoa at the end of the journey.

Additional Details:
Children and friendly leashed pets are welcome! Most of this hike will occur on natural trails that are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Please dress appropriately for the weather with sturdy shoes and bring your own water. A portable toilet will be available for all hikers at the beginning and end of the journey. Hike will occur in rain or shine, but participants will be notified of a cancellation a few days prior in the event of extreme cold, snow, or ice. Park admission fees apply.

Additional Information:
Park Headquarters Phone Number: (301) 743-7613
Email: smallwood.statepark@maryland.gov


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Prince George's County


Cedarville State Forest


Cedarville State Forest First Day Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10 AM
  • Meeting Location: Charcoal Kiln
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.25 miles
  • Address: 10201 Bee Oak Road, Brandywine, MD 20613

Description:
Start the New Year off by joining a park ranger for a short, 1.25 mile, guided hike. We will meet at the Charcoal Kiln parking lot.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Porta-pot is located at the Charcoal Kiln parking lot. Don't forget to dress for the weather and bring your own water.

Additional Information:
Cedarville State Forest HQ:301-888-1410
Duty Ranger: 443-975-4358
Email: ce​darville.statepark@maryland.gov


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Merkle NRMA


Merkle NRMA First Day Hike 2023 - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10 AM
  • Meeting Location: Merkle visitor center parking lot
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Address: 11704 Fenno Rd. Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Description:
Join Merkle staff for a hike to welcome the new year! This is a relatively flat trail that connects the forested areas on either side of the main entrance road of Merkle. Named for the native poplar tree, this trail passes Merkle’s champion yellow poplar which measures 116 feet tall and nearly 17 feet in circumference.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Please remember to bring water and wear appropriate footwear. Restrooms are available at the visitor's center.

Additional Information:
Merkle NRMA Duty Ranger: 443-510-9920
Email: aubree.moore@maryland.gov


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Rosaryville State Forest


Rosaryville State Park First Day RIDE - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10 AM
  • Meeting Location: Equestrian Trailer parking lot
  • Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Address: 7805 W Marlton Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Description:
Start the New Year off by joining a park ranger for a First Day RIDE! Enjoy a ranger-guided trail ride through the beautiful Rosaryville State Park. We will meet at the Equestrian Trailer parking lot.

Additional Details:
Participants must bring their own horse. Porta-pot is located at the Perimeter Trail parking lot. Don't forget to dress for the weather!

Additional Information:
Cedarville State Forest HQ: 301-888-1410
Duty Ranger: 443-975-4358
Email: cedarville.statepark@maryland.gov


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St. Mary's County


St. Mary's River State Forest


Green Trail Guided Hike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Pre-registration is preferred but not necessary. Please email Riley.Schwertz@maryland.gov to register or with any questions.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10 - 11:30 AM
  • Meeting Location: Meet at Trail head for White and Green loop.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Address: St. Marys Lake Boat Ramp, Camp Cosoma Rd., Callaway, MD 20620

Description:
Join a State Park Ranger on a nature filled hike along the newest trail addition, the Green Trail of St. Mary's River State Park.

Additional Details:
The trail is narrow at some points so a stroller is not reccommended, all leashed pets are welcome. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy boots or good walking shoes. Please bring your own water to stay hydrated. There is a $3 entrance fee to access the parking area. Credit or debit card only.

Additional Information: Point Lookout State Park - Office: 301-872-5688
Duty Ranger: 443-534-5365


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Eastern Region


Caroline County


Martinak State Park


Fitness Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Address: 137 Deep Shore Rd., Denton, MD 21629

Description:
Enjoy a walk with your family on the paved trail while reading the children's book Squirrel's New Year's Resolution by Pat Miller. This trail is stroller friendly.

Additional Details:
This trail is stroller friendly. Available all weekend.

Additional Information:
Contact: Ranger Erin Gale 240-744-3527
Email: erin.gale@maryland.gov


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Kent County


Cypress Branch State Park


Wandering Artist Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: .5 miles
  • Address: 10803 Galena Rd., Millington, MD 21651

Description:
Enjoy a trail that inspires you and introduces you to new sights. Grab a canvas or even just a sheet of paper, crayons or markers and a pencil. Let's go!

Additional Details:
Available all weekend.

Additional Information:
Contact: Ranger Erin Gale 240-744-3527
Email: erin.gale@maryland.gov


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Sassafrass NRMA


First Day Hike - Tockwogh Trail - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: N/A
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 1 PM
  • Meeting Location: Sassafrass NRMA Parking Lot
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: ~2 miles
  • Address: 13540 Turners Creek Rd., Kennedyville, MD 21645

Description:
Enjoy the varying landscapes in Kent County walking through multiple habitats.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets welcome, natural surface trail not suitable for strollers/wheelchairs, restrooms available.


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Queen Anne's County


Tuckahoe State Park


First Day Hike - Lake Trail - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: N/A
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10 AM
  • Meeting Location: Lake Area Parking Lot
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Address: 13187 Crouse Mill Rd., Queen Anne, MD 21657

Description:
Join us for a hike along Tuckahoe's Creek and wetlands! Leashed pets welcome, natural surface trail not suitable for strollers/wheelchairs, restrooms available.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets welcome, natural surface trail not suitable for strollers/wheelchairs, restrooms available.

Additional Information:
Contact: Ranger Erin Gale 240-744-3527 - erin.gale@maryland.gov


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Wye Island NRMA


First Day Hike - Ferry Point Trail - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: N/A
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10 AM
  • Meeting Location: Ferry Point Parking Lot
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Address: 1560 Wye Island Rd. Queenstown, MD 21658

Description:
A beautiful stroll under the Osage Orange Tress, to a peaceful beach on the Wye River.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets welcome, natural surface trail not suitable for strollers/wheelchairs, restrooms available.

Additional Information:
Contact: Ranger Erin Gale 240-744-3527 - erin.gale@maryland.gov


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Somerset County


Janes Island State Park


White Tail Trail - Self-Guided Hike

Description:
Join us for a self-led First Day Hike, along Janes Island State Park's White Tail Trail. This one-mile easy loop hike, will take you through a mature loblolly pine forest, to a mixed deciduous forest, and then out along the water of Daugherty Creek Canal. The trailhead for White-Tail Trail is located directly across from the Camper Check-In Parking Lot. You can pick up your First Day Hike sticker at the trailhead.

Additional Details:
Parking at Janes Island is free. Leashed pets are welcome. Restrooms are available on site. White Tail Trail is stroller friendly. Make sure to bring plenty of water and to wear shoes/clothing appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine).

Additional Information:
Janes Island State Park Office: 410-968-1565




Beginner Birding at Irish Grove - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 12/31/22​ at 9 AM - 11 AM
  • Meeting Location: Meet at the Camper Check-In Parking Lot and Then We Will Caravan to Irish Grove.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Address: 26280 Alfred J. Lawson Dr. Crisfield, MD 21817

Description:
Start 2023 off by trying out a new hobby: Birding. Join Janes Island State Park Rangers and volunteers for an easy, two mile hike that will give teach you the basics of birding. This hike will take place Irish Grove, an approximately 2,300 acre nature preserve on the Pocomoke Sound that is owned by the Maryland Ornithological Society. We will meet in the Camper Check-In Parking Lot at Janes Island and then caravan to Irish Grove. (Approximately a 10-minute drive away.)

Additional Details:
Parking at Janes Island and Irish Grove is free. We will meet in the Camper Check-In Parking Lot at Janes Island and then caravan to Irish Grove. Leashed pets are welcome. Restrooms are available at Janes Island and outhouses are available at Irish Grove. Irish Grove is stroller friendly. Make sure to bring plenty of water and to wear shoes/clothing appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine). Bringing binoculars is recommended, but a limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow.

Additional Information:
Janes Island State Park Office: 410-968-1565
Email: mark.herring@maryland.gov




First Day Bike - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10AM - 12 PM
  • Meeting Location: Meet at the Camper Check-In Parking Lot.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Address: 26280 Alfred J. Lawson Dr. Crisfield, MD 21817

Description:
Start 2023 off on the right pedal and join Janes Island State Park Rangers and Volunteers for a guided bike ride through Crisfield. This approximately 5-mile bike ride will start at Janes Island State Park, go through park, out on Canal Drive and Jackonsville Rd. to the Terrapin Run Recreational Trail along 413, to Crisfield and then loop back to Janes Island State Park.

Additional Details:
Parking at Janes Island is free. Restrooms are available on site. Make sure to bring plenty of water and to wear shoes/clothing appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine). Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes, helmets, and reflective clothing. A limited number of bikes will be available for rent for $5 per bike.

Additional Information:
Janes Island State Park Office: 410-968-1565
Email: mark.herring@maryland.gov


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Talbot County


Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park


First Day Hike - Choptank River Trail - Ranger-led Hike

  • Pre-registration is preferred. Please call or email.
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 11 AM
  • Meeting Location: Meet outside the ranger station.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Address: 29761 Boling Broke Point Dr, Trappe, MD 21673

Description:
Join a State Park Ranger with an easy Hike at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park. Start 2023 with an easy hike exploring the Choptank River Trail. This hike will be 1 mile long through the wooded area of the park and will give beautiful views of the Choptank River.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, not stroller/ wheelchair accessible, portable restrooms available in the parking lot. Park is open from 7:00 am to sunset.

Additional Information:
HTUGRR State Park - Office: (410) 221-2290
Email: htursp.dnr@maryland.gov
Duty Ranger: (443) 477- 0526




Choptank River Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Park Trail/Map
  • Address: 29761 Boling Broke Point Dr, Trappe, MD 21673

Description:
Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park welcomes you to the park's First Day Hike on the Choptank River​ Trail, self-guided hike through wooded area, overlooking the Choptank River. Great area for bird watching. The trail is about a mile in length.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, not stroller/ wheelchair accessible, portable restroom available in the parking lot. Park is open from 7:00 am to sunset.

Additional Information
HTUGRR State Park - Office: (410) 221-2290
Email: htursp.dnr@maryland.gov
Duty Ranger: (443) 477- 0526


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Worcester County


Assateague State Park


First Day Hike and Beach Clean-Up - Ranger-led Hike

  • Registration: Not required
  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 at 10 AM
  • Meeting Location: Assateague State Park Day-Use Area
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Distance: ~2 miles
  • Address: 6915 Stephen Decatur Hwy., Berlin, MD 21811

Description:
Join Assateague Coastkeeper and Assateague Coastal Trust staff for a guided beach walk and clean up at the Assateague State Park Day use lot. The beach may not be the first destination on your list in January but the island has many treasures to share. As you explore look for winter waterfowl, raptors, sika deer, and of course the wild horses. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves! Stop by the Day-Use boardwalk for a a fireside chat with park staff, share stories, ask questions and make a connection. Hot chocolate will be provided by ACT.

Hike will start at 10:00am. State Park Staff will be available 10am-12pm at the Day-Use Boardwalk.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome in the State Park, not stroller/ wheelchair accessible, portable restrooms available at Day-Use parkng lot. Day-Use fees apply $5 per vehicle.

Additional Information:
Contact Assateague State Park Office Number: 410.641.2120
Park email: assateague.statepark@maryland.gov




Rackliffe Trail - Self-Guided Hike

  • Date/Time: 1/1/23 - 8​ AM to Sunset
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 11800 Marsh View Ln, Berlin, MD 21811

Description:
Assateague has teamed up with Just Walk Berlin to offer a 1st Day Scavenger Hunt Hike. As you hike along the Rackliffe Trail located just behind the Assateague National Park Visitor Center be on the lookout for decorated quahog clam shells along the path. Please take just one per family as something to remember your 1st Day Hike at Assateague.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, not stroller/ wheelchair accessible, portable restrooms available at Marina. Hike is available from 8am to Sunset.

Additional Information:
Assateague State Park Office Number: 410.641.2120
Park Email: assateague.statepark@maryland.gov


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Pocomoke River State Park


Pocomoke River State Park Trail System - Self-Guided Hike

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Distance: ~2 miles
  • Park Map/Trail
  • Address: 3461 Worcester Highway, Snow Hill, MD 21863

Description:
Start at camp store, follow riddles that will lead you past various park locations. Riddles will eventually lead you along Pocomokes trail system, to a scenic location where you will collect your first day hike sticker.

Additional Details:
Leashed pets are welcome, hike is self led. No day use fees.

Additional Information:
Pocomoke River State Park: 410-632-2566


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