North Carolina’s New Year’s Day tradition of outdoor family adventure, exercise and exploring nature continues in 2020 with First Day Hikes throughout the state parks system.

More than 45 guided hikes are scheduled for New Year’s Day, featuring educational programs led by park rangers along the way.

All state parks will be open New Year's Day.

Each state park and recreation area brings something unique to First Day Hikes.

Visitors involved with the North Carolina State Parks 100-Mile Challenge – to walk, hike, paddle, cycle or otherwise explore 100 miles in the state parks – can add First Day Hikes mileage to their totals.

Here in the High Country area, Elk Knob State Park will have a gentle but bracing one mile hike around the Beech Tree Trail at 4600 feet, with hot chocolate or apple cider afterwards are the park office.

Grandfather Mountain State Park will offer a ranger guided hike on the lower Profile Trail.

Mt. Jefferson will offer a hike that's a little more than one-mile round trip, and parts of it are strenuous.

There are also hikes at Mount Mitchell State Park, New River State Park, and Stone Mountain State Park in Roaring Gap.

You can learn more about all of North Carolina's State Parks by visiting online,