Best Foot Forward: New Year’s Day Hikes

Harry Lynch, News & Observer

New Year’s Day hikes

by Catherine Currin

Interested in hitting the trails before chowing down on black-eyed peas and collard greens this Jan. 1? You can kick off your resolutions with an organized first day hike at one of the state parks around the Triangle. From kids’ scavenger hunts to post-hike snacks, there’s an opportunity for every member of the family to hit his or her stride.

Eno River State Park

Choose from two guided hikes at 2 p.m., followed by hot chocolate, marshmallows, and popcorn. Tip: Arrive early to fuel up with some good luck black-eyed peas.
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham

Falls Lake

Two first day hikes trek around Falls Lake at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bring the little ones along for a guided scavenger hunt with park rangers. You can park at the swim beach parking lot and begin the hike at Track Trail. Advice from the park: dress warmly and bring snacks!
Call the park office to sign up, 919-676-1027; 4201 Baptist Road, Durham

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Here’s a double-header hike option. The first begins 9 a.m. at Blue Loop Trail in New Hill with lake and forest views along the 2.7 miles. You can also meet at the Old Oak Trail for a 1-mile loop at 1 p.m.
No registration required; 919-362-0586; Blue Loop Trail at New Hope Overlook (339 WH Jones Road, New Hill), Old Oak Trail at Ebenezer Church (2582 Beaver Creek Road, Apex)