Start the new year on the right foot

December 27, 2013 

Middle Georgians can kick off the New Year by putting on their hiking boots and taking part in the First Day Hike at High Falls State Park in Jackson.

Wednesday’s hike covers about two miles in two hours and will take visitors to see the dam and the falls, as well as native plants and maybe wildlife along the trail.

“It’s a great way to get outdoors, be active and start the year off right,” said Alyson Snipes, park resource manager. “It’s pretty rocky terrain, so I do recommend sturdy shoes. It’s kind of a strenuous hike with lots of elevation changes, but it’s fairly short, and we will be taking it easy. It’s a nice stroll in the woods.”

In its third year, the First Day Hike is a nationwide event, with many state parks participating, Snipes said.

“A couple people told me last year they had made resolutions to get outdoors more, and this is a great way to get out and move around and see the park,” she said.

-- Laura Shirley

First Day Hike

When: 10 a.m. Jan. 1

Where: High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson

Cost: $5 per person plus $5 per car parking fee

Information: 478-993-3053

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