First Day Hikes 2022

Kick off the New Year in the great outdoors by participating in First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, 2022 at Nebraska’s state parks!

Nebraska鈥檚 annual First Day Hikes are a chance to explore trails, watch wildlife, snap photos and create a lifetime of memories. This year, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages park goers to take a hike on January 1 at a Nebraska state park, state historical park, or state recreation area.

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Nebraska鈥檚 76 state parks, state historical parks and state recreation areas offer a variety of other opportunities for hikers and walkers to be active.

Find a park to explore:

Find a trail to hike:

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Tag us on social media

Those participating in First Day Hikes are encouraged to tag @NEGameandParks in their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts or by using the hashtags #OutdoorNebraska and #NEgameandparks for a chance to be featured on the agency鈥檚 social streams.

Follow these tips for safe hiking during the winter season:

路 Check the weather before leaving home

路 Wear clothing appropriate for the weather

路 Dress in layers

路 Bring plenty of water and snacks

路 Don鈥檛 hike alone

People also should honor local, regional and state public health recommendations, including choosing a park close to home, only hiking with members of the same household, and staying 6 feet away from other hikers.