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On New Year’s Day 2014, the state park systems in all 50 U.S. states will encourage Americans to get outside and visit their local park.

The First Day Hikes program was started more than 20 years ago at a state park in Massachusetts and this year marks the third time that all 50 state park systems are participating.

According to recreation.gov, the program was created to “promote both healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation in state parks.” It also kickstarts the parks’ marketing and engagement efforts for the year.

Some states offer guided hikes and history programs while others highlight the difficulty or lengths of trails that visitors can trek alone.

The website for each U.S. state park system is below.

State State Park Websites
Alabama alapark.com
Alaska alaskastateparks.org
Arizona azstateparks.com
Arkansas arkansasstateparks.com/park-finder
California parks.ca.gov
Colorado colorado.gov/parks
Connecticut ct.gov/dep/
Delaware destateparks.com
Florida floridastateparks.org
Georgia gastateparks.org
Hawaii hawaiistateparks.org
Idaho parksandrecreation.idaho.gov
Illinois dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/
Indiana in.gov/dnr/parklake/
Iowa iowadnr.com/parks/
Kansas kdwp.state.ks.us/news/state_parks
Kentucky parks.ky.gov
Louisiana crt.state.la.us/parks/
Maine maine.gov/dacf/parks/index.shtml
Maryland dnr.state.md.us/publiclands
Massachusetts mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/
Michigan michigan.gov/dnr
Minnesota dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks
Mississippi home.mdwfp.com/parksgolf
Missouri mostateparks.com
Montana fwp.mt.gov/parks
Nebraska outdoornebraska.ne.gov/parks/guides/
Nevada parks.nv.gov
New Hampshire nhstateparks.org
New Jersey state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/
New Mexico emnrd.state.nm.us
New York nysparks.com
North Carolina ncparks.gov/Visit
North Dakota parkrec.nd.gov
Ohio parks.ohiodnr.gov
Oklahoma touroklahoma.com
Oregon oregonstateparks.org
Pennsylvania dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks
Rhode Island riparks.com
South Carolina southcarolinaparks.com
South Dakota gfp.sd.gov/state-parks
Tennessee state.tn.us/environment/parks/
Texas tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/
Utah stateparks.utah.gov
Vermont vtstateparks.com
Virginia dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/
Washington parks.wa.gov
West Virginia wvstateparks.com
Wisconsin dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/
Wyoming wyoparks.state.wy.us
Photo Credit: Hikers ring in the New Year at Fairy Stone State Park in Virginia. vastateparksstaff / Flickr