First Day Hikes in Southwest Virginia

Ring in 2023 with a First Day Hike

Seven New Year’s Day Hikes You Won’t Want to Miss in Southwestern Virginia

Since 2012, America’s State Parks have been encouraging people to get up, get out, and get active with their First Day hikes initiative. And it’s become a tradition that many people look forward to all year long. However, it’s not just for outdoor enthusiasts and nature-lovers. People of all ages, solo hikers, families, those with pets, and more have found the First Day hike to be just what the doctor ordered.

Plus, what better way to reflect on the year gone by – and the one to come?

So, we encourage you to embrace the chill. Reconnect with nature. Find your inner peace with an introspective hike at any one of our four state parks or our interstate park.

Kick off the New Year by kicking up some dirt!

From the traditional to the self-guided, First Day hikes are sponsored events at many locations. However, you don’t need an invitation to simply strap on your boots or sneakers and hit the trail. Though, if you’re looking for locations where First Day hikes are currently being advertised, look no further.

These seven hikes in Virginia’s Great Southwest will inspire you all year long.

Breaks Interstate Park overlook (First Day Hike)

With over 20 different trails – from the highly technical Cardiac Hill Trail to the lazy Loop Trail – ring in the New Year with a self-guided hike at Breaks Interstate Park. Send in a photo of yourself and your hiking party trekking the trails in the park, and you’ll receive a free commemorative First Day Hike sticker.

Celebrate the New Year on January 1st with a First Day Hike on the Pickem Mountain Loop! Located in the Flag Rock Recreation Area and Jefferson National Forest, the five-mile Pickem Mountain Loop is a popular trail for good reason. It’s a favorite among birders, hikers and mountain bikers. With fascinating undercut rock formations and imposing cliffs and boulders, there’s so much to see and explore. Pre-registration is required.