Calories burned: Equal to 41,348 fast-food burgers
Distance traveled: 7 trips around the equator
Totals steps taken: 415,693,531
Thanks to the coronavirus, states will be adapting their first day hikes to keep people safe and healthy. These will include hikes with smaller groups, virtual hikes, self-guided hikes and trail challenges.
Georgia has many first day hikes planned. Here are some to check out:
Panola Mountain State Park
When: 9 a.m. to noon; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 1-4 p.m.; 3-6 p.m.
About: “Start the New Year off with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year’s burdens. Climb to the top to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2021.” Call to register. $10, plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801
Red Top Mountain State Park
When: 10-11:30 a.m.; 1-2:30 p.m.; 2:30-4 p.m.
About: “Join Rangers on a hike back into the 1800s to learn about Red Top Mountain’s iron mining history! This hike is a 2-mile loop on moderate terrain. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for this hike. Please dress for the weather and bring water.” Space is limited to 10 guests and preregistration is required. $5 parking. 770-975-0055
Sweetwater Creek State Park
When: 1-3 p.m.; 3:30-5 p.m.
Where: Lithia Springs
About: “Bid a fond farewell to 2020 and kick off those resolutions with a .5 mile hike on the Red Trail. We will discuss the history of Sweetwater Creek and the New Manchester Manufacturing Mill. This will offer a rare opportunity to go inside of the gated mill ruins.” Preregistration is required. $5, plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871
Outside metro Atlanta
Indian Springs State Park
When: 9-10 a.m.; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 2-3 p.m.
About: “Welcome the New Year with a one-mile hike with the naturalist! We’ll be slowing down on the trail to get a full sensory experience.” $5 parking. 770-507-2277
High Falls State Park
When: 10 a.m. to noon
About: “Join us in a ranger-led hike on our two-mile Tranquility Trail. This is a slightly strenuous hike; remember to wear sturdy shoes and bring water.” Dogs allowed with 6-foot leash. Preregistration is required. $5 parking. 478-993-3053