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10:00 a.m. -noon - Blue Ball Barn
Check-in location: Alapocas Run State Park
Take a self-guided hike of the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail through Alapocas Woods to the Rock Wall. Send off at 10 a.m. or check-in at the welcome station in the courtyard of the Blue Ball Barn from 10 a.m. to noon.
10:30 a.m to 1:00 pm - Event Parking Lot (Mansion) at 3000 Creek Road
Check-in location: Event Parking Lot (Mansion) at 3000 Creek Road
Kick off 2023 with fresh air and an outdoor adventure at Auburn Valley State Park. Take a self-guided hike to explore the area's history and key landmarks along our Yorklyn Bridge Trail or join the group hike up the Auburn Valley Loop Trail starting at 11am. Park at the Event Parking Lot then check-in at the Welcome Station during the times listed above. In case of snow or ice, the start location will be moved to the Paper Mill Parking lot on Benge Road.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Top of Main Parking Lot
Check-in location: Bellevue State Park
The New Year is here! Make your first day of the year a good one by joining the national First Day Hike movement. Check-in with the Naturalists at the welcome station at the top of the main parking lot and then begin your First Day Hike! Send off at 1 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Outside Nature Center
Check-in location: Thompson's bridge parking lot, nature center parking lot, nature center parking lot
At Brandywine Creek we are highlighting three trails for our First Day Hikes: the Brandywine Trail, the Meadows Trail, and the Hidden Pond Trail. Check-in at the welcome station outside the nature center between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to sign-in, get a map and pick your adventure. Take any of these self-guided hikes at your own pace! All three trails have interpretive signage and QR codes to our virtual nature center so you can learn fun facts on your hike. The park naturalist will lead a guided hike around the Hidden Pond which meets at the welcome station at 1:30 p.m.
Check in at the Zoo's ticket window fifteen minutes prior to the start of the tour - Zoo ticket window
Check-in location: Brandywine Zoo
Ring in the New Year with a guided -hike- through the zoo! Join one of our educators for a free half-hour tour through the zoo to learn all about the animals, how we care for them, and what you can do to make conservation a New Year's Resolution you can keep. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Space is limited, so checking in at the welcome station (Ticket Window) is encouraged fifteen minutes before the tour.
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - The Point comfort station lot
Check-in location: The Point
Park at the Point Comfort Station parking lot and stop by the Welcome Station at The Point Overlook to check in with staff before embarking on a self-guided beach hike of The Point. Recommend for ages 5 and older with an adult.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - North Inlet Day Area (southeast corner of parking lot)
Check-in location: Delaware Seashore State Park
Take in sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Bay as you enjoy this self-guided hike over the iconic Indian River Inlet bridge at sunset. Check-in with park staff at the welcome station from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., send off at 4:15 p.m.
noon - 1:00 p.m. - John Bell House Interpretive Center (43 The Green)
Check-in location: The Green Dover, DE 19901
Out with the old, in with the new! Start 2023 out right by joining the national movement and partake in a refreshing, rejuvenating First Day Hike. At 1 p.m., meet at the welcome station at The John Bell House Interpretive Center (43 The Green) for one of our signature guided tours around the historic Dover Green with a knowledgeable First State Heritage Park interpreter. Also available from the mounted box beside the building are self-guided tour booklets of Dover's historic neighborhoods courtesy of the Friends of Old Dover.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Parking Lot at the end of Old Battery Lane/Wilmington Avenue
Check-in location: Accessible from the Old Battery Lane Parking Lot
Start the New Year off right by joining us for a hike on Fort DuPont’s trails. Experience both the beautiful natural environment and the historic structures that make this park unique. Be sure to wear comfortable water-proof shoes and dress warmly. This hike is self-guided, but we encourage you to start the hike at 10 a.m. to join with other First Day Hikers. We will have a welcome station with guide brochures and information.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Artillery Park
Check-in location: Fort Miles Historic Area
Start your year off right with a self-guided exploration of the Fort Miles Artillery Park. Those looking to add a little more history, nature and distance can also hike the Pinelands Trail and discover the importance of this area in coastal defense.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Picnic Pavilion
Check-in location: Holts Landing State Park
Meander through maritime forest, salt marsh, and meadow habitats on this self-guided hike of the Sea Hawk Trail. Check in with park staff at the welcome station from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Send off at 2 p.m.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Nature center will also be open from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. - Sports Complex Parking Lot
Check-in location: Sports Complex Parking Lot
Kick off the year outdoors and be part of the national movement with a First Day Hike! The group will meet at the Sports Complex, then pick 1 of 2 self-guided trails to hike - the accessible Bike Trail or a section of the Cross Country Trail. Send off at 1 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - noon - Campground Stage
Check-in location: Lums Pond State Park Campground: 3355 Red Lion Road, Bear DE 19701
This year’s self-guided hike will be a 2-mile loop on parts of the Swamp Forest and Little Jersey trails. Check-in at the welcome station at the campground stage to get details on the hike and general park information. Campers and non-campers are welcome to visit the new campground store before or after the hike to get snacks or fun park merch. The campground store will be open 9 a.m - 4 p.m. Interested in camping that weekend? Visit https://destateparks.com/Reservations
9:45 a.m.- noon - Baldcypress Nature Center
Check-in location: Trap Pond State Park
Join us at Trap Pond State Park for a First Day Hike, in the first state park, in the first state. Stop by the welcome station at the Baldcypress Nature Center to sign-in, grab a map, and chat with park staff. Several educational stops can be found along the American Holly Trail or customize your own hike within the park. Send off at 10 a.m.
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Chambers House Nature Center
Check-in location: White Clay Creek State Park
A group hike will be led by park staff and members of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park starting at 10 a.m. Self-guided option is also available.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Possum Hill Parking Lot
Check-in location: White Clay Creek State Park
A group hike led by park staff and members of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be starting at 11 a.m. Self-guided option is also available.