First Day Hike

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Date: December 22, 2015
Contact: Jonathan Parker, 978-210-4245

This New Year’s Day the National Park Service and the City of Salem invite local residents to participate in First Day Hike, a national initiative established by America’s State Parks and supported by Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and National Park Service Superintendent Paul DePrey. First Day Hikes offer opportunities to explore amazing public lands right in your own backyard.

Salem’s First Day Hike, from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 1, 2016, will offer several walking courses with various degrees of difficulty. Participants can walk around the Salem Common, walk from the Common to Derby Wharf Light Station or just walk from the beginning of Derby Wharf to the lighthouse.

First Day Hike offers residents and community members an opportunity to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and celebrate the New Year with family and friends.

"Salem's outstanding quality of life is built around its history, its open spaces and its people,” said Superintendent Paul DePrey. “We hope you’ll join us and thousands of other Americans on New Year’s Day to enjoy all three and put your best foot forward."

“Many of us use New Year’s as an opportunity to make a resolution and set goals for the upcoming year. First Day Hike offers residents an opportunity to begin exercising more regularly or it can just be a chance to celebrate the holiday with other members of the community,” said Mayor Driscoll.

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 and Massachusetts DCR will also be offering hikes at Bradley Palmer State Park in Hamilton and Breakheart Reservation in Saugus on January 1st.

In 2014, a record-breaking 27,861 people from across the nation kicked off the New Year with a First Day Hike. While State Parks entice millions of visitors year-round, a First Day Hike in many states offers a family-friendly event with a unique perspective of what nature has to offer. The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) is the website host for First Day Hikes in 2015. Find additional information on hundreds of First Day Hike opportunities across the country at

Last updated: April 26, 2016

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