HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection wants residents to take a hike on New Year's Day.
The agency has again joined the national organization America's State Parks in sponsoring "First Day Hikes" at four state parks on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
The organized hikes are scheduled at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Mansfield Hollow State Park in Mansfield, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison and Osborndale State Park in Derby. This marks the third year in a row that Connecticut is participating in the program.
In 2012, it was the first time that all 50 state park systems joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes. They offered 400 nationwide.
Connecticut's hikes range from one to five miles. Some are relatively flat while others involved a degree of rock scrambling.