National initiative encourages Americans to get out in nature
ATLANTA, September 22, 2017 — All across the country, park rangers are inviting Americans to start the New Year with an energizing First Day Hike on January 1. In Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, dozens of guided treks will encourage friends and families to connect with nature and each other. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative from America’s State Parks to get people outdoors, with hundreds of hikes scheduled in all 50 states.
According to Georgia State Park officials, winter is a particularly scenic time for enjoying trails because the open canopy means hikers can see farther through the woods. Ranger-led hikes on New Year’s Day are listed on GeorgiaStateParks.org/events. For guests who want to celebrate a peaceful New Year’s Eve in nature, Georgia’s State Parks offer cozy cabins, heated yurts, lodge rooms and modern campsites. For reservations, call 1-800-864-7275 or book online at GeorgiaStateParks.org.
Seminole State Park near Donalsonville, GA is hosting a Sunset and S’mores Hike on Jan. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Begin your New Year with a moderate hike and beautiful sunset. We will begin our hike at the campground chapel and end at one of our many cottages to view a beautiful Lake Seminole sunset while enjoying S’mores and Hot Chocolate or Coffee. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring water and dress for the weather.
No minimum age, trail is accessible for large-tire strollers. Sorry, no pets allowed on this hike.
Parking fee: $5
Event Phone: 229-861-3137
Address: 7870 State Park Drive, Donalsonville, GA. Located 16 miles south of Donalsonville via Highway 39 or 23 miles west of Bainbridge on Highway 253/Spring Creek Road.