Celebrate the New Year by hiking the Capital Region


ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – New York is encouraging residents to go out and celebrate the New Years with a Day One hike. These hikes take place throughout the Capital Region on January 1, 2022.

“Day one hikes are a very popular tradition among New York City families as they remind us of how important our outdoor spaces are to our health and happiness throughout the year,” Governor Kathy said. Hochul. “New York State is home to many unique hiking trails and it’s fun to visit for all ages. Hiking one of the state’s beautiful trails is a unique way to welcome a bright and upbeat New Year.

Some hikes require registration, so be sure to check with the site ahead of time.

Hiking in the capital region

  • Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar
    • Two hikes at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    • The morning walk will cover approximately three-quarters of a mile. The afternoon walk will cover approximately 1.5 miles.
    • Space is limited for the two guided walks. You can call 518 475-0291 by December 29 to register.
  • Grafton Lakes State Park in Grafton
    • Two hikes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Both hikes are moderate and are about 2 miles.
    • Call 518-279-1155 to register as space is limited.
  • Dyken Pond in Grafton
    • An easy 3 km hike for all ages from 1 p.m.
    • You can pre-register by calling 518-658-2055 or by emailing [email protected]
  • Mine Kill State Park in North Blenheim
    • Two different hikes to choose from: an easy 3 mile loop or a moderate 5 mile hike. Every two at 11 a.m.
    • For ages 8 and up. Pre-register by calling 518-827-6111.
  • Peebles Island State Park in Waterford
    • Two hikes at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    • For more information, call 518-268-2188 or email [email protected]
  • Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs
    • A guided or snowshoe hike through the park at 10 a.m.
    • Pre-register by sending an email to [email protected] You can also call 518-584-2535 for more information.
  • Thacher State Park in Voorheesville
    • Participants will cross frozen waterfalls, pine and hemlock forests
    • The hike is about 2 miles long and will start at the Visitor Center at 10 a.m.
    • Pre-registration is optional, but preferable. You can contact (518) 872-1237 ext. 0 to register.
  • Mount Prospect in Lake George
    • The hike is 1.5 miles and starts at 9 a.m.
    • Registration is limited to 20 participants. For more information and to register, you can contact [email protected] or call 518-623-1268.
  • Thomas Mountain from Valley Woods Road Trailhead in Bolton
    • Moderate hike about 3 miles round trip. Starts at 10 a.m.
    • Group size limited to 13 participants. For more information and to register, you can [email protected]
  • Olana State Historic Site in Hudson
    • Two walking tours start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    • Space is limited. For more information or to reserve places on the waiting list, you can contact [email protected] or call 518-751-6938.
  • Taconic State Park in Copake Falls
    • A 3.5 mile all-ages hike to Bash Bish Falls and through the Copake Ironworks at 1 p.m.
    • Advance registration encouraged. You can call 518-329-3993 for more information and to register.

Beginning in Massachusetts in 1992, Day One Hikes are national events that take place in all 50 states. It’s the 11th anniversary in New York.

A full list of day one hikes that take place in the state is available on the New York State website.


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