Take a free, family-friendly hike on New Year’s Day

Dec. 30, 2019

Take a hike!

No, really. Start the new year with a free guided hike Wednesday at one of Pennsylvania's 39 participating state parks.

For York County hikers, both Codorus and Gifford Pinchot state parks have scheduled family-friendly walks Jan. 1. The Gifford Pinchot hike (1.5 miles) starts at 1 p.m., and the Codorus hike (1.7 miles) starts at 2 p.m.

These hikes are part of Amercia's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative, which drew nearly 55,000 participants last year. These hikers collectively walked more than 133,000 miles in parks throughout all 50 states.

Why start the year with a hike? For one, spending as little as two hours per week outdoors can make you happier. Relaxing or exercising in nature can even make you mentally and physically healthier, according to some studies.

If that's not reason enough, a hike offers the perfect opportunity to bond with family or make new friends while Relaxing and Reconnecting with Nature. And you know how we feel about that.

Gifford Pinchot State Park

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020

Where: Gifford Pinchot State Park, 2200 Rosstown Road, Lewisberry (Warrington Township, York County). Meet at the Conewago Day Use area off of Alpine Road.

Details from the Park:

Kick off the New Year and 2020 with an easy to moderate walk at Gifford Pinchot State Park.

Led by the park naturalist and Friends of Pinchot volunteers, we will walk approximately 1.5 miles in the Conewago Day Use area. Don’t miss this opportunity to keep those New Year resolutions to get more exercise and spend quality time outdoors! This is a free, family-friendly program.

Meet the group at the main day use building in the Conewago Day Use area, off of Alpine Road, in time to begin promptly at 1 p.m. Be sure to dress for the weather, with layers for comfort, warmth and to stay dry!

Hot apple cider and snacks will be available after the hike. Bring your own water bottle and/or snacks as desired. See more info on DCNR's website.

Codorus State Park

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020

Where: Codorus State Park, 2600 Smith Station Road, Hanover (Manheim Township). Meet at the LaHo Trail parking lot.

Details from the Park: 

Step into the new year on the right foot! 

Join the park naturalist for a stroll down the LaHo trail, where we should see signs of winter wildlife along the way.  The trail is an easy to moderate 1.7 mile hike through the forests and wetlands surrounding Wildasin Flats and passing the oldest cemetery in York County. 

The trail does tend to be muddy, when not snow covered, this time of year, so be sure to dress appropriately! Meet at the LaHo trailhead parking lot. Hike will begin promptly at 2 p.m. See more info on DCNR's website.

Other Hikes

First Day Hikes are scheduled at 39 state parks throughout Pennsylvania. Find a hike near you on DCNR's website.

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