For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike to take place at South Beach State Park is below.
These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website–go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for “First Day Hikes” under Event Category.
Hike time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Starting location: Day-use parking area
Terrain and length of trail: Flat paved or dirt path–2 1/4 miles
Contact information: (541) 270-1578
Additional details: Hike through scenic coastal foredunes and forested wetlands and come back on the beach, weather permitting.
Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.
This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.