Press Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources 

Popular New Year’s Tradition Returns Across Maryland

Photo of hikers at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center's 2018 First Day Hike

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center will host a First Day Hike on New New Year’s Day.l

TheMaryland Department of Natural Resourcesinvites everyone to kick off the New Year with one of Maryland’s fastest-growing traditions – aFirst Day Hike.

On Jan. 1, 2019, theMaryland Park Servicewill offer more than three dozen hikes on more than 30 state lands and parks, as part of a nationwide event sponsored byAmerica’s State Parks.

These hikes will provide a wide array of outdoor adventures and experiences for every level of hiker and walker, providing unique access to Maryland’s cultural, historical and natural resources and treasures, along with opportunities for education and stewardship. Many hikes are even pet-friendly.

Numerous parks, state forests and wildlife management areas will also be open Jan. 1 for self-guided treks.

“2019 will be an exciting year as we continue to create, enhance and maintain public access and recreation opportunities throughout the state,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “I urge everyone to kick it off with a resolution to join us in Maryland’s great outdoors.”

In 2018, despite frigid temperatures, New Year’s Day saw 1,227 people hike 2,535 miles in Maryland. For 2019, parks will again distribute “I Hiked” stickers to First Day Hike participants, a popular new addition