We all do it—we make a resolution vowing to improve our health habits in the new year. What better time to get started than on New Year’s Day? Here’s how to have fun and stay safe while hiking.
On January 1, state parks in all 50 states will offer free, guided First Day Hikes. They offer a family-friendly chance to burn off some holiday calories in the great outdoors. The guided hikes are sponsored by America’s State Parks, and last year nearly 55,000 people took advantage of them, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles.
But you don’t have to join an official event to have a First Day Hike of your own. Hit the trails in a state park, a national park or check out TVA’s many trail options throughout the Tennessee Valley. For inspiration, we’ve gathered some of our most beautiful winter hikes here.
Just don’t ruin your day by being unprepared. TVA Natural Resources employees spend a great deal of time outside, and follow these basic safety practices every time.
“Hiking in the winter can be really enjoyable, but it requires some common-sense precautions,” explained Heather Hart, Natural Resources specialist. “When you’re on the trail it’s easy to get lost in the moment, looking at the scenery, but you should always be prepared before you go and you should always remain aware of your surroundings while you’re there.”
Don’t let the chilly weather keep you off the trails. Sometimes the best views can be had when the leaves are off the trees. Here are three winter hikes you have to see to believe. Click here to learn more.