Start your new year off right! Join us at Allegany State Park on Jan. 1, 2018 for our annual First Day Hike. Allegany’s First Day Hike offers a healthy and relaxing way for people of all ages to get outside and enjoy the winter beauty of the area. The Environmental Education Department has put together a self-guided hike which will start at the Red House Picnic area. Stop by the picnic shelter to sign in, pick up a trail map and a winter scavenger hunt sheet, then make you way along the marked trail past Red House Lake, out to the Arboretum and Butterfly Meadow and finally to Camp Allegany where the Friends of Allegany State Park will provide some hot drinks and warm food from 12- 2 p.m. Hikers who want to go the extra mile (literally) can continue to historic Bova Ski Area. This easy to moderate hike is 3 miles to Camp Allegany or 4 miles to Bova, round trip. Interpretive points of interest are marked along the way. Come listen to birds, feel the warmth of the sun or the chill of the snow. First Day Hike will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pre-registration is not required. Be sure to dress in appropriate winter hiking apparel. Weather permitting, snowshoes and trekking poles are encouraged. For more information, contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at (716) 354-9101.