Ring in the New Year at a State Park

As we bid farewell to 2015 and prepare to welcome 2016 (where did the time go!?), we naturally want to carve out some time to head to a few of our favorite state parks to celebrate. We expect the new year will be filled with tons of outdoor exploration and wilderness appreciation, and we want to start the year off on the right foot. Here are some New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events that you’ll want to check out.

Cacapon Resort State Park, WV

Indoor New Year's Eve celebration.

Raise your glass (or child) for a toast this new year! [Image: http://travelchannel.sndimg.com/]

Cacapon Resort State Park knows how to ring in the new year the right way—with music, dancing, and even a formal toast! It’s a relatively common New Year’s Eve celebration, except at a completely unique setting. Then on the next day, you can partake in a First Day Hike, starting your year off on a happy and healthy foot!

For more info, call: (304) 258-1022

Weeks State Park, NH

Dogs packed for hiking.

“Did you bring the champagne?” “No, I thought you packed it.” [Image: https://ruffwear.files.wordpress.com/]

The second annual dog hike is being hosted at New Hampshire’s Weeks State Park, so bring your furry, four-legged friends and take a hike! It’s a 3.2-mile moderate hike (approximately two hours long) along the Mt. Prospect auto road and includes an interpretive tour along the way. It’s just one of the many First Day Hikes that New Hampshire state parks offer!

For more info, call: (603) 788-4004

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Two girls jumping in the air on snowshoes.

Spoiler: This could be you at the end of your snowshoe hike. [Image: https://evergreenhiker.files.wordpress.com/]

Strap on a pair of snowshoes and trek through the Peter’s Kill Area at Minnewaska State Park where you’ll be treated to views of the Rondout and Clove Valleys. Although it’s only 2-miles, some might find the moderate hills challenging—especially in snowshoes. This hike, along with many others throughout New York’s brilliant state parks, is just one of the many First Day Hikes.

For more info, call: (845) 255-0752

Fort Snelling State Park, MN

Woman skiing through a Candlelight Walk.

If this doesn’t convince you to join in on the fun, then we’re not sure what will. [Image: http://www.mnnature.org/]

Is there anything more picturesque and seasonal than miles of candle-lit trails coursing through Fort Snelling State Park? Hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski along these paths on the New Year’s Eve Candlelight Walk, and you will be rewarded with toasty bonfires throughout. Winter’s chill won’t bring you down, especially at this fun event!

For more info, call: (612) 279-3550 or (612) 725-2724

Ending 2015 or starting 2016 at a state park sets the course for a healthy, outdoor-filled year! Make sure you download our Pocket Ranger® mobile apps so you’ll be prepared to conquer your resolutions and enjoy the parks in the new year!

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