Ga. Offering First Day Hikes At State Parks

Georgia State Parks are joining with state parks across America to invite families to start the New Year with a “First Day Hike” and a commitment to healthy living.

Officials said that throughout the state, several parks have planned guided hikes. Last year, more than 600 Georgians kicked off 2012 on these guided hikes, a nationwide event sponsored by America’s State Parks.

First Day Hikes are scheduled for Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls, Smithgall Woods State Park in Helen, and Unicoi State Park in Helen, among others.

According to state park officials, winter is a particularly scenic time for hiking because the open canopy means people can see farther through the woods.

In addition, officials said that kicking off the New Year with a hike fits into the mission of the Georgia State Parks “Tons of Fun Initiative”, which officials say is to encourage citizens to lead healthier lifestyles through outdoor recreation. The website includes exercise ideas, healthy recipes, nutritionist and personal trainer advice, and more.

The entire calendar of “First Day Hikes” in Georgia’s State Parks can be found at