AUGUSTA — Many people will spend New Year’s Day watching football games and eating, but Maine conservation officials are encouraging residents to take a hike to ring in the new year.

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is offering four guided “First Day Hikes” on Jan. 1, joining a nationwide initiative among all 50 states to get families outdoors for the holiday. This is the first time all U.S. state park systems have joined together to sponsor the event.

In Maine, guided hikes are being offered at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle, Cobscook Bay State Park in Edmunds Township, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, and Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg.

More information is available on the agency’s website, at .



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