Resolve to get the kids active in the outdoors in 2015!

Posted on 01/01/15 No Comments


Happy New Year!

Get outdoors on Day 1 of 2015.

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation has created quite a nice tradition with its statewide New Year’s Day “First Day” hiking programs. Umstead State Park, which straddles Cary and Raleigh, will be among the parks celebrating its outdoor offerings, as will Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Jordan Lake, and Durham’s very under-rated Eno River State Park.

Sure, for many adults, getting out in the cold today on the “morning after” of what is typically a late night—and for some—even an earlier morning, doesn’t sound all that appealing. However, it’s a great way to shake of the night before and if you have kids, well, think of them.

Most hikes don’t start until the early afternoon, so you’ll have some time this morning to get yourself situated. The majority of the trails being highlighted will be shorter to accommodate families and will be led by park naturalist or ranger to help hikers understand everything that’s around them.


“Called the TRACK program, this inventive initiative is targeted at getting children active outside.”


For those who have already ticked-off most of the Triangle’s trails, consider venturing down to Raven Rock State Park in Lillington, or heading up to Haw River State Park beyond Durham, which also has some very cool mountain bike trails.

You can find the full list of parks and details on the state park website. 

If today’s activities are going to get trumped by all the football games (we get it), then bookmark this great website curated by the state that features Triangle-based hikes and outdoor activities just for young kids.

Called the TRACK program, this inventive initiative is targeted at getting children active outside. We all know plenty of families who spend way too much time in front of televisions and devices (we’re all guilty of it to some extent), so share this link with them today and maybe they’ll encouraged to make some resolutions this year about the outdoors.

Happy hiking!

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