Head to a state park for Jan. 1 events

Pedernales Falls State Park will offer a First Day Fido Hike on Jan. 1. Photo by Chris LeBlanc for AAS


My husband and I always start off the new year by getting outdoors.

Over time, that’s meant a dip in the spring-fed pool at Balmorhea State Park, a hike on the South Rim trail at Big Bend National Park or a dash down a mountain on skis. Sometimes, we just head out from our Austin neighborhood on our bikes, or drop by a park for a walk.

The Texas State Parks system is offering a slew of hikes, bike rides and paddling adventures to help you ring in 2016 in a healthy way. Check out these options or see a complete schedule here.

  • First Day Fido Hike at Pedernales Falls State Park. Take your pup along on this 3-mile hike, which includes a workshop to demonstrate the latest dog gear, trail treats and canine etiquette for parks. Meet at 2 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Wolf Mountain trailhead. Dogs must be on leash. Bring water and bags for pet waste. For more information email wendi.laws@tpwd.texas.gov or go here. Normal park fees apply.
  • First Day Hike at Gorman Falls at Colorado Bend State Park. Ramble down a short but strenuous trail to this famous Hill Country waterfall. Meet at the Gorman Falls Area trailhead in your vehicle at 1:45 p.m. For more information email jason.hairston@tpwd.texas.gov or go here. Normal park fees apply.
  • Other walks are scheduled for Government Canyon State Park in San Antonio, Enchanted Rock State Park near Fredericksburg, LBJ State Park and Historic Site near Johnson City, Bastrop State Park, Lockhart State Park, Buescher State Park near Bastrop, Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, Blanco State Park in Blanco, Palmetto State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park near Dripping Springs and McKinney Falls State Park in Austin.


A First Day HIke is planned at McKinney Falls State Park. Photo by Pam LeBlanc
A First Day HIke is planned at McKinney Falls State Park. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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