Free state park hikes offered Jan. 1

Oregonians can start the new year with free guided first-day hikes led by rangers and volunteers in 20 Oregon state parks on Sunday, Jan. 1.

Choosing from 23 hikes in 20 parks, participants will learn about the history, geology, wildlife and plants at parks around the state from the high desert to the coast.

Hikes are free and the $5 day-use parking fee is waived that day for all open state parks requiring a parking permit.

“A guided hike is great way to kick off 2023 in the outdoors and begin a new tradition or continue a longstanding family tradition,” said Lisa Sumption, director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “As our centennial year comes to a close, we’re excited to begin the next 100 years of Oregon State Parks and continue to offer year-round recreation.”

Participants are advised to dress accordingly for winter, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Additional hike information is also available including terrain and hike distance via the park links at stateparks.oregon.gov. A few hikes require registration.

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