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Vermonters encouraged to start the new year with a hike at a Vermont state park or forest

December 25, 2019 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters are encouraged to start the new year with a hike at a Vermont state park or forest.

The Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation says free, guided, family friendly hikes are happening at a number of state parks and forests around Vermont on Jan. 1.

Entrance to a state park is free on New Year’s Day and throughout the winter.

Hikers are advised to dress for the weather, bring beverages and snacks as well as snowshoes if the snow is deep.

So far, guided hikes are planned for Button Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh; Barnes Camp Loop in Stowe; Holbrook State Park in Sheffield; Gifford Woods State Park in Killington; and Owl’s Head Mountain in Groton State Forest. They start at various times and in the event of questionable weather, hikers can check on the status of the hikes by calling 802-249-1230.

Details about the hikes, including the location and start times, are on the department’s website and on Facebook and Twitter feeds. More hikes are expected to be added.