Oregon state park rangers will lead hikes at places like Silver Falls State Park on the first day of the new year.

Rangers will guide hikes at 20 Oregon state parks on New Year’s Day to kick off 2023.

Known as “First Day Hikes,” the trips typically cover just a few miles and are considered family-friendly.

The tours are free and the $5 day-use parking fee is also being waived on New Year’s Day at every state park that normally requires a fee.

A few of the guided hikes do require registration.

Rangers will cover park history, geology, wildlife and plants during the hikes at parks around the state from the high desert to the coast, according to a news release.

“A guided hike is great way to kick off 2023 in the outdoors and begin a new tradition or continue a longstanding family tradition,” said Lisa Sumption, director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “As our centennial year comes to a close, we’re excited to begin the next 100 years of Oregon State Parks and continue to offer year-round recreation.”

Hikers participate in the First Day Hike at Silver Falls State Park on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, near Silverton. Park Ranger Steve Hernandez lead the group of about 30 people on a 2.5-mile hike, ending at South Falls.

The hikes begin at different times and locations. To get information on each of the different treks, including length, difficulty and whether you need to register, go to bit.ly/3BL7kIF

“Remember to plan for winter weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and carry binoculars for viewing wildlife,” the news release said.

Here’s a list of the planned hikes at each state park.

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