First Day Hikes, New Years 2021

First Day Hikes: New Year's Day

January 1, 2022
The North Carolina state parks offer free guided First Day Hikes each New Year's Day, the perfect chance to begin a resolution for exercise and a connection with nature (#optoutside). If rain or snow is in the forecast, call the park office to see if the hike is still on. Here are the 2022 First Day Hikes in the Asheville area of the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills:

First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes are organized in all 50 states. Last year, 28,000 people collectively hiked more 66,000 miles on these hikes across the country.

For more things to do, see our New Year's Guide for parties and more.

Chimney Rock State Park Hike First Day

Be sure to dress in layers for changing weather conditions. Except the warmest temperatures at Lake James, South Mountains and Chimney Rock. Often, temperatures atop Mt. Mitchell can be 15-20 degrees colder than Asheville.

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