What: 2012 First Day hikes
This year for the first time, all 50 states will be participating in First Day Hikes as part of a national “get outdoors” initiative. This annual tradition started more than 20 years ago at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Blue Hills Reservation.
When: January 1, 2012 (Times vary depending on the location of the park.)
Breakheart Reservation, Saugus, 12:00 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. Enjoy free clam chowder, coffee and hot cocoa.
Blue Hills State Reservation, Milton, 1:00 p.m. Meet in the Houghton’s Pond Parking Lot at 840 Hillside Street and follow First Day follow the signs. Arrive by 12:30 p.m. to allow sufficient time for parking. Free soup will be served at noon.
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Sutton, 11:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield, 10:00 a.m. Meet a the Headquarters.
Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord, 1:00 p.m. Meet at the Thoreau House Replica. Living History at the Replica starts at noon.
Myles Standish State Forest is located in the towns of Plymouth and Carver in southeastern Massachusetts, approximately 45-miles south of Boston. It is the largest publicly owned recreation area in this part of Massachusetts and is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
Waquoit Bay Estuarine Research Reserve, Falmouth, 1:00 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center, 149 Waquoit Highway (Rt. 28).
Borderland State Park, Easton, 1:00 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Mount Greylock State Reservation, Lanesboro, 1:00 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road.
DAR State Forest, Goshen, 10:30 a.m. Meet at the day-use parking lot at the Warming Hut.
Please check DCR’s website for updates on programs and parks across Massachusetts.
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