First Day Hikes

Dec 30, 2022 | 0 comments

By Valynda Rankin, Florida Girl Camper Guide

First Day Hikes is a national event to celebrate the New Year by getting outdoors. It’s a time to enjoy nature and renew your spirit by enjoying a relaxing hike.

A view of the trail at Hart Springs State Park in Florida.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned hiker or if this is this first time you have been on a hike, this is an excellent way to start off a New Year!

A view of a pond at Blue Springs State Park in Florida.

There are 175 state parks in Florida so it should be easy to find one near you. Then find a trail that is at your hiking level. A ¼ mile hike on a leisurely trail will be a nice, relaxing experience. Or, if you’re more experienced, find a new challenging trail and really test yourself. But the important thing is to find something you will enjoy!

A view of the hiking trail at Ochlockonee River State Park in Florida.

If you hike alone make sure to let people know where you are going and when you expect to be back. Or you can invite friends and make it a fun group outing. Either way make sure to bring water and plan for the weather.

A stock photo of the trail at Colt Creek State Park in Florida.

If you would like to join me, I will be doing my First Day Hike at Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland, Fl. The park is located at 16000 State Road 471 Lakeland FL 33809.  I will be at the main parking lot at 10am and I will be wearing a black Girl Camper t-shirt.

Here is a great article about First Day Hikes if you would like to read more: First Day Hikes 2023 | Florida State Parks

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Valynda Rankin |Girl Camper Florida Guide 

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