5 First Day Hikes for the New Year

Setting Intentions on the First Day of the Year with a First Day Hike

The New Year is often seen as a moment of reflection and intention-setting.  While on your first hike, consider taking your journal with you.  Nature can be inspiring and provides a place for contemplation and meditation.  A few writing prompts to help you get started:

  • What is a new skill you would like to learn this year?
  • Describe one of your favorite memories from last year.
  • Make a list of the favorite places you visited in your community last year.
  • Make a list of places you would like to explore further this year.
  • What is a new skill that you learned last year?

Here are 5 guided first day hikes to select for the first day of 2017: 

BELCHERTOWN
Sunday, January 1, 2017  from 12pm-2pm
Ring in the New Year by connecting with your community and nature while getting some exercise. Kestel Land Trust invites you to a hike at the Reed Conservation Area. This program is free but registration is required. Visit the Kestel Land Trust website for full details. 413-549-1097. (FREE)

NORTHAMPTON
Sunday, January 1, 2017  from 12pm-2pm
Ring in the New Year by connecting with your community and nature while getting some exercise. Kestel Land Trust invites you to a hike at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area. This program is free but registration is required. Visit the Kestel Land Trust website for full details. 413-549-1097. (FREE)

SHEFFIELD
Sunday, January 1, 2017  from 10am-3pm
Did you know that you can rent snowshoes at the visitor’s center of Bartholomew’s Cobble? Snowshoes have been around for thousands of years, helping people travel more easily over snow. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them, and enjoy the beautiful trails draped in snow. Enjoy hot chocolate in the visitor’s center after your hike! Adult and child snowshoe sizes are available. For more information call 413-298-3239 x 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (Members <$; Non members $)

TURNERS FALLS
Sunday, January 1, 2017  from 1pm-3pm
Start off the New Year with exercise, nature studies, and community at the First Day Hike. Participants will walk a two-mile path along the Canalside Rail Trail. This route is gentle, making for a family friendly event. Attendees will learn about the natural, historical, and cultural features of Turners Falls, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate back in the hall at Great Falls Discovery Center. Dress warm and wear winter boots. Dogs are welcome on leash. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. (FREE)

WILLIAMSBURG
Sunday, January 1, 2017  at 12pm
Hikes are a healthy way to celebrate the New Year with your family or friends. All are welcome to participate in a 1.5 mile hike to the overlook at Briar Hill Conservation Area. In this hardwood forest you can see hemlock, oak, and hickory, and ultimately a view overlooking parts of Williamsburg. In the event of heavy precipitation, or hazardous conditions, the hike will be cancelled. Call 413-268-7523 with questions. Park and meet at the trailhead on Briar Hill Road. (FREE)

[Photo credit: (c) Sienna Wildfield]

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