First Day Hikes

Help us celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks in 2023 - find a First Day Hike in a state park near you on New Year's Day!

First Day hikes vary from short, leisurely nature walks on forested trails, boardwalk strolls through wetlands or to the beach, or climbs into the mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert. Some First Day Hikes aren't hikes at all: We also lead bike rides, paddling tours, and maybe even horseback rides! Choose the event that's right for you.

We offer both guided and self-guided hikes. If you choose a self-guided hike, be sure to look for tables or stop at headquarters for hike information and maps. After your hike, stop back by to report on your hike and collect a memento of your visit.

See a list of First Day Hikes.