First day hikes are led hikes designed to encourage visitors to enjoy state parks year round and to promote good health and exercise. Meet at the Visitor's Center at Cass, WV at 1:00 p.m. Monica Fleming First Day Hike leader. Walk on the Greenbrier River Trail from the Terminus at mile mark 80.8 (end of Front Street) South to first trail side camping area at 78.5 then back again. Mileage: approx. 4 miles round trip approximate time to complete this First Day Hike is around 2+ hours. Trail is crushed gravel flat downhill in south direction uphill north direction no more than a 2% grade. Join us outdoors for your First Day in 2017.
A Brisk Bluestone Morning Hike! Take your first step into the New Year with a hike at Bluestone State Park. Meet Superintendent Brett McMillion or Assistant Superintendent Joe Swiney at 9:00 a.m. to embrace the new year with this brisk wintry walk. The superintendent's will focus on Bluestone State Parks history as well and winter aspects such as trees and watchable wildlife. Meet at the park office. Coffee and cocoa awaits upon return. No fee to participate. Open to the public. Wear appropriate outwear and footwear for the weather conditions. Get Outdoors! Explore!
Take your first step into the New Year with a hike at Blackwater Falls State Park. Meet park naturalist, Paulita Cousin at the Sled Run parking area to embrace the new year with this brisk wintry walk along Forest Road 18 and Lindy Point Trail to one of West Virginia's most spectacular views. Cathedral State Park Ranger, Ben Leedom will be assisting. Blackwater Falls has a healthy attendance and welcome past participants or new hikers for this 1st Day event. This hike is approximately 3 miles round-trip. Sturdy shoes required. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Please, carry water and a snack. Get Outdoors! Explore! Individual participating in First Day Hikes, when completing an attendance card, receive a First Day Patch via mail. Hikers do not have to be enrolled in the WV State Park Hiking Program to attend the First Day Hike.