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23 NY state parks hosting New Year's Day hikes

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ALBANY — The state parks office is encouraging New Yorkers to start the new year with a hike.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says it will sponsor guided hikes at 23 state parks and historic sites on New Year's Day as part of the third annual First Day Hikes program taking place across the nation.

The program encourages people to begin the new year by getting outdoors for a healthy, family-friendly hike on Jan. 1 at a state park or historic site close to home.

The 2014 programs include a seal walk, winter woodlands, a snowshoe waterfall hike and pet-friendly treks. Parks located in Niagara Falls, Saratoga Springs, Cooperstown, Poughkeepsie and Montauk are among those hosting the guided hikes.

Details about the hikes are listed at nysparks.com.

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