A participant in a 2017 First-Day hike  (NYS Parks)

State parks organizing Jan. 1 excursions

The New York State Parks Department is organizing First-Day hikes on Jan. 1 at many sites. In Cold Spring, it takes place at the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Visitor Center at Little Stony Point at 3011 Route 9D for a 1.5- to 2-mile hike.

In Dutchess County, meet on the west or east end of the Walkway Over the Hudson at 2 p.m. for a hike to the center, where a raffle will be held for all participants at 2:30 p.m. Hikers will be accompanied by a selection of therapy donkeys from Little Brays of Sunshine. Registration is required at walkway.org.

For a list of other First-Day hikes, see parks.ny.gov.

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