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TheMaryland Department of Natural Resourceswelcomed 1,227 hikers at more than 30 state parks this New Year’s Day as part of the annualFirst Day Hikesinitiative.

Maryland Park Servicerangers, staff and volunteers guided the brave souls through 2,500 miles of paths and trails, where they confronted below-freezing temperatures and blustery winds.

“There’s no better way to begin the new year than with a new adventure in the great outdoors,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “I treasure the time spent with family and friends, trekking trails and exploring nature at different locations each year.”

As part of the nationwide event, sponsored by America’s State Parks, Maryland hikers took in the natural beauty and scenery in parks throughout the state, from the sandy shorelines of the Eastern Shore to high perches of Mountain Maryland.

Maryland First Day Hikes 2018

State ParkMile(s)Participant(s)Mileage Total
Assateague13535
Calvert Cliffs3.652187.2
Cedarville32575
Chapman23162
Cunningham Falls32781
Dans Mountain111
Deep Creek2.51845
Elk Neck1.53755.5
Fair Hill530150
Fort Frederick11818
Gambrill14848
Greenbrier1.53958.5
Gunpowder- Jerusalem Mill2196392
Gunpowder- Big Gun2.52665
Harriet Tubman1.583124.5
Janes Island2918
Martinak12121
Merkle3.51242
New Germany11616
North Point21428
Patapsco- Orange Grove22652
Patapsco- McKeldin24386
Patuxent River1.53045
Pocomoke12424
Rocks13737
Rocky Gap23468
Sandy Point365195
Seneca2.590225
Soldiers Delight2816
South Mountain24590
St. Mary’s River22448
Susquehanna22346
Tuckahoe24080
TOTAL1,2272,534.70