Ringing in the New Year with a “First Day Hike”

Since 2011, it’s been a tradition for us at Operation Adventure to bring in the New Year by getting outdoors and hiking. It is after all our belief that how you start off the New Year is how you will end it, which is why it’s important to bring in the New Year with a healthy start.

Led by America’s State Parks, on New Year’s Day parks nationwide will work together to encourage people to participate in the “First Day Hike”. These guided hikes are free and open to the public.

If you’re in South Carolina, which we are, you will be pleased to hear that there are 40 different events occurring in 35 of the 47 state parks across the state. If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the outdoors but not wanting to venture into a state park, remember there is always the Palmetto Trail which spans 350 miles across South Carolina with 26 passages ranging from 1.3 to 47 miles.


The S.S. Dreher Island flotation device above hung in the tackle shop until 2011, when it was removed for renovations. This photo can be found in Dreher Island State Park’s official geocache, which is also apart of the Lake Region Challenge.We have yet to decide where we’ll be venturing to; however, if you’re hiking at Dreher Island State Park we have decided to leave something behind in the state parks official geocache. Coordinates are N 34° 05.483 W 081° 24.495. There you will find a photo taken at the park. Make sure to take a picture with the photo then send it to us at info@operationadventure.org or post it on our social media. Links provided below.

For more information about the First Day Hikes in South Carolina State Parks click here.

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