Take a hike on New Year’s Day!

The Advance of Bucks County - - POLICE REPORTS -

Delaware Canal State Park will spon­sor two free guided hikes on New Year’s Day as part of Amer­ica’s State Parks First Day Hikes ini­tia­tive. Fam­i­lyfriendly hikes will take place on the Delaware Canal tow­path, be­gin­ning at Wy Hit Tuk Park, Rt. 611 south of Eas­ton, and at Bow­man’s Hill Wild­flower Pre­serve (lower park­ing lot) at 1635 River Road (Rt. 32) in New Hope, on Tues­day, Jan. 1 from 1 to 2 p.m. First Day Hikes will take place in state parks all across Amer­ica, and will of­fer a great way to get out­side, ex­er­cise, en­joy na­ture and wel­come the New Year with friends and fam­ily. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit tinyurl. com/DCSP­cal.

“We are ex­cited to host First Day Hikes as part of this na­tional ef­fort to get peo­ple out­doors and into our parks. First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those ex­tra hol­i­day calo­ries by start­ing off the New Year with an in­vig­o­rat­ing walk or hike in one of our beau­ti­ful state parks,” said Penn­syl­va­nia Bureau of State Parks Di­rec­tor David Kem­merer.

“Last year, we hosted more than 14,000 peo­ple who hiked more than 30,000 miles in our state parks across the coun­try when we launched Amer­ica’s State Parks First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day 2012 in all 50 states,” said Priscilla Geigis, Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of State Park Direc­tors (NASPD). “To start 2013, we’re invit­ing kids and adults to get their hearts pump­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of our state parks at one of over 400 hikes na­tion­wide. Whether you’re stay­ing close to home or trav­el­ing, join us at one of Amer­ica’s State Parks on New Year’s Day!”

At Delaware Canal State Park, First Day hik­ers will take a gen­tle 2-3 mile walk on the level ter­rain of the canal tow­path and learn a lit­tle bit about canal his­tory. fn Eas­ton views of the Delaware River and win­ter wa­ter­fowl will be plen­ti­ful, while in New Hope hik­ers will pass rev­o­lu­tion­ary war land­marks such as the Thompson-Neely House and walk along a wa­tered sec­tion of the canal. Vis­i­tors can lis­ten to birds, breathe in the fresh air, dis­cover wildlife tracks, feel the wind and the warmth of the sun or the cold­ness of the snow. Vis­i­tors can ex­pect to be sur­rounded by the quiet beauty of na­ture in win­ter, ex­pe­ri­ence spec­tac­u­lar views and vis­tas and ben­e­fit from the com­pany of a knowl­edge­able state park guide.

“Stud­ies have proven that get­ting out­doors is one good way to re­lax and recharge the body, mind and spirit.” stated Phil McNelly, NASPD’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. “We hope that hik­ing along a trail in a state park will be­come part of an in­di­vid­ual’s or fam­ily’s reg­u­lar ex­er­cise rou­tine.”

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