Ring in the New Year at a State Park!

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Kick of 2017 with a First Day Hike! Whether you'd like to take a guided hike or leisurely stroll in nature, Texas State Parks have an event for you! Visit the Events Calendar for a listing of all walks, hikes, bike rides, dog walks, and even kayak trips and polar bear plunges happening Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Want to do more than just a First Day Hike? Find more ways to ring in a healthy new year all month long.

Austin Area


First Day Hike at Blanco Join a Master Naturalist to start off the New Year. All ages and pets welcome.

First Day Hike (Homestead Trail) and First Day (Night) Hike at McKinney Falls Learn about nature and history during either a morning or a night-time hike.

Fido Hike and Adoption Day at Pedernales Falls Grab your best canine friend (and maybe a human or two) and join our 2nd annual Fido Hike!

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Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Ray Roberts First Day Hike

First Day Hike (Isle Du Bois Unit) and First Day Hike (Johnson Unit) at Ray Roberts Lake Morning hikes will get your year off to a great start! A First Day Fish and First Day Paddle are also scheduled for the anglers and paddlers out there.

First Day Hike at Bonham Join us to walk off all of those holiday treats!

First Day Hike at Lake Arrowhead Show up for either a morning or afternoon hike in this gem of a park near Wichita Falls.

First Day Hike at Lake Whitney Enjoy the great outdoors while getting a jump on fulfilling your New Year's resolutions.

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East Texas

Mission Tejas First Day Hike

First Day Hike at Mission Tejas  Search for birds, explore many different plants and trees, and listen to the sounds of nature.

First Day Hike at Caddo Lake Take a relaxing nature hike exploring several amazing habitats including the Bottomland Hardwoods, Upland Forest, and Bald Cypress Swamp.

First Day Hike at Atlanta Enjoy an easy hike that takes you through the Pineywoods and leads to a view of Lake Wright Patman.

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Houston Area

Sheldon Lake First Day Bike

Bike Ride at Sheldon Lake Bring your bike to enjoy a different twist on "First Day Hikes" with an easy 3-mile bike ride.

Bird Blizzard & Night Hike at Brazos Bend Watch as a blizzard of migratory Red-winged Blackbirds settle into the marsh for the evening.

Stepping Into the New Year on the Right Foot at Sea Rim – Join us for a beach walk followed by warm black-eyed peas and cornbread.

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Lake Colorado City First Day Hike

First Day Hike at Lake Colorado City Get your New Year off on the right foot with a hike and some low impact aerobics.

Resolution Hike at Abilene  Join a hike that focuses on new beginnings and learning from the past by reflecting on last year's resolutions.

Day #1 at Caprock Canyons  Make a plan to join this general nature hike that is open to groups of all ages (pets welcome).

More Panhandle Events

San Antonio Area

Government Canyon Kids Run

Kids Run at Government CanyonHave the kids start the year off right with a one mile trail run!

First Day Hike for Energetic Seniors at Hill Country State Natural AreaThis is an awesome opportunity for seniors to hike together on trails that call for above average fitness. The pace is not fast but endurance counts!

Cave Hike at Kickapoo Cavern Learn about the history and formations of the cavern while getting a workout in the warmth of the cave.

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South Texas

First Day Hike at Estero Llano GrandeThis easy hike will be our first bird walk of the year, so join us to see birds and other critters that call the park home.

First Day Hike at Bentsen-Rio GrandeJoin a park naturalist on the first day of 2017 for a stroll down the Resaca Vieja Trail.

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West Texas

Balmorhea First Day Splash

Splash into the Future at Balmorhea Enjoy a polar bear plunge followed by hot breakfast!

Hueco First Day Hikes at Hueco Tanks – 4 different guided hikes offering varying difficulty and exertion levels, from an easy all ages family hike to a more strenuous hike for teens and adults.

First Day Hike at Big Bend Ranch – Explore one of the park's premier hiking trails to the Fresno Canyon West Rim Overlook.

More West Texas Events

State Park Guide App

Download the Texas State Parks Official Guide to your Apple or Android phone or tablet for free. The app lets you search for parks by activities or accommodations, look at photos and videos of each park, and more. Watch this video to see the how it works.