First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year round recreation at state parks. So why not spend this New Year’s Day hiking in beautiful Allegany State Park?

Allegany State Park boasts a beautiful setting for year-round outdoor recreation. This year’s First Day Hike will offer an opportunity to explore the unique natural treasures Allegany has to offer. This self-guided hike will take place in the Summit area on the Red House side of the park. The off-trail hike, approximately two miles in length and easy-moderate in intensity, begins at the Summit Area Warming Hut, follows the scenic ridge line to Stone Tower, then continues back to the warming hut. Interpretative points of interest will be found along the way. Come listen to birds, breathe in the fresh air, discover wildlife tracks, feel the warmth of the sun or the coldness of the snow.

First Day Hike runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will begin the hike at the Summit Warming Hut by picking up a trail map. Weather permitting, you are encouraged to bring your snowshoes, trekking poles, or anything else needed for an enjoyable hike. Appropriate dress and footwear are strongly encouraged.

If you have any questions, please call the Environmental Interpretation Dept. at (716) 354-9101- ext. 236 or email