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First Day Hikes in Missouri State Parks will be held on Jan. 1

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -

On January 1 the public can take part in free, guided hikes in almost 30 state parks and historic sites throughout Missouri.

The effort is a part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes, which allows guests the chance to start the year off on the right foot with an outdoor hike.

Guided hikes being hosted in state parks start at a half-mile and can go up to 4 miles.

They are taking place on a wide variety of trails in every part of the state.

"At state parks throughout the state, we are offering First Day Hikes to allow our guests to begin 2016 with a healthy hike," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks. "It's a fun and relaxing way to spend New Year's Day while also getting a head start on a year of adventures in the outdoors."

On Jan. 1, 2015, more than 41,000 people nationally took part in guided hikes that covered more than 79,000 miles on 997 hikes.

Details on every state's hikes can be found at this website.

Participants of the First Day Hikes are encouraged to log their adventures on social media with #FirstDayHikes.

For further information on state parks and historic sites go to this website.

Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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