Need something COVID-safe to do on New Year’s Day? Try a hike

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Categories: Hike & Camp

With the highly transmissible omicron variant on the rise, some may be opting for COVID-safe activities this New Year’s Day. Taking a winter hike is a safe way to enjoy the first day of 2022 with friends and family who want to take precautions.

On New Year’s Day, Vermont State Parks offers five guided hikes of varying difficulty across the state to encourage Vermonters to start the new year in a park.

The hikes, known as the First Day Hikes event, will be led by professional guides and outdoor educators and will take place at Allis State Park in central Vermont; Owl’s Head in Groton State Forest east of Montpelier; the CCC Road Loop on Mount Hor in the Northeast Kingdom; the Butler Lodge Trail in Underhill; and the abandoned underground marble quarry at Mount Aeolus in southern Vermont, north of Manchester.

Visit the Vermont State Park blog for more information on parking, directions, trail descriptions, meeting times and guide contact information for each location.

Looking to stay in Chittenden County? You can use the trusty, crowd-sourced TrailFinder website or try one of the Free Press’s recommended winter day hikes in the area:

Catamount Community Forest in Williston (snowshoes required if snow is on the ground to preserve ground for Nordic skiers)
Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge in Charlotte
Burlington Wildways
LaPlatt River Park in Shelburne
Mud Pond Conservation Area in Williston