First Day Hikes offered by Florida State Parks

Start Your New Year With a First Day Hike

Kids having fun outside

Kids having fun outside

~Visit a Florida State Park on New Year’s Day and take part in a hiking extravaganza.~   

On Thursday, January 1, state park visitors around the nation will take part in an initiative to start their year off by getting healthy and outdoors. As part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes, many of Florida’s state parks are offering hiking opportunities on New Year’s Day. The hikes provide an opportunity for family and friends to get outside and start their new year in a healthy way. The hikes will be guided by park staff and volunteers, who will also provide educational information along the routes.

Hiking is a great way to get active and Florida’s state parks provide many hiking trails that are available throughout the year for all levels of expertise. The Florida Park Service would like to remind all those participating in the First Day Hike of 2015 to arrive dressed appropriately with sturdy shoes or boots and to bring water, healthy snacks, a hat, sunglasses and any other items you may want for your hike.

There are more than 30 hiking events taking place throughout Florida. See a full list below:

Northwest

Northeast

Central

Southwest

Southeast

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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