Vermont State Parks Encourages Public to Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike


December 29, 2020. - Start the new year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont state park. On January 1, 2021, Vermont State Parks is inviting everyone to celebrate the New Year by heading out on the trails at one of Vermont’s 55 state parks. Park entry is free on New Year’s Day (and all winter long), and this is a great opportunity to discover a whole new world outdoors in winter.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, First Day Hikes will be different from previous years. While state park officials are not offering in-person guided hikes this year, they have carefully selected hikes throughout the state for self-guided adventures. Hikers are strongly encouraged to learn about and follow COVID-19 outdoor recreation health and safety guidance by visiting before they go.

Featured hikes include: 

Southeast Region

Lowell Lake Trail | 3.0 miles roundtrip| Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry, VT

Quechee Loop Trail | 1.5 miles roundtrip| Quechee State Park in Quechee, VT


Southwest Region

Reservoir Trail | 3.2 miles roundtrip | Woodford State Park in Bennington, VT

Button Bay Point Trail | 0.8-mile roundtrip | Button Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh, VT


Northwest Region

Burns Trail | 2.0-mile roundtrip | Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester, VT

Marsh Brook Nature Trail | 1.5-mile roundtrip loop | Lake Carmi State Park in Enosburg Falls, VT


Northeast Region    

Groton Nature Trail | 0.6-mile roundtrip loop | Groton Nature Center in Groton, VT

Shore Trail | 1.5+ mile roundtrip | Brighton State Park in Island Pond, VT

Please dress for the weather and bring snowshoes if the snow is deep. Please also bring beverages and snacks. On-leash dogs are welcome unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is not required and hikers can simply show up whenever they’d like.

For full hike details, visit and follow Vermont State Parks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @VTStateParks to stay up to date on the latest park happenings and announcements. Participants who tag their photos with #firstdayhikesvt may be featured on the Vermont State Parks page.

For more information on enjoying parks in the winter, check out the Vermont State Parks Winter Activities page.