The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Parks & Recreation will sponsor free, guided hikes in 12 state parks Jan. 1, New Year’s Day, as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the new year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a hike Jan. 1 at a state park close to home.

Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average 1-2 miles or longer depending on the state park. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed at

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