First Day Hike at Rocky Point in 2017  

First Day Hike 2021

First Day HikeWhat better way to kick off the New Year than by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories in the great outdoors? This year has seen many changes and challenges making it difficult to hold our traditional New Year’s Day guided hike in the same way as in the past. But we still want to keep the tradition going!

Walk off 2020 with us by getting outside at ANY RI State Park! This year, there is no scheduled guided hike at a single location and we instead encourage you to visit one our state's beautiful parks or management areas across Rhode Island with your household members. No matter which location you choose, there’s plenty of opportunities to spend the first day of the year in the great outdoors!

First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors.

If you arrive at a favorite park location and find that crowds are forming or the parking lot is full, please leave and choose a different location or return at another time or day. A limited number of commemorative pins engraved with “Fort Adams State Park” will be available for self-pick-up at designated locations within the specified state parks, while supplies last. Learn more

First Day Hike Pin

The following state park locations will offer Commemorative 2021 First Day Hike Pin pick-ups:

 

Remember to #RecreateResponsibly by keeping yourself healthy, keeping others safe, and help preserve our public lands. Follow all health guidance and regulations to help #crushcovidRI, and remember to carry out what you carry in.

REMEMBER TO WEAR ORANGE SAFETY CLOTHING Don’t forget to stay visible in areas that allow hunting this deer season by wearing 500 square inches – a vest AND hat – of blaze orange clothing. Visit www.dem.ri.gov/orange for more info on orange requirements and whether a specific location allows hunting.

RESPECT NATURE Please be respectful of the environment and our natural spaces by properly disposing of masks, gloves, and cleaning wipes. Help stop the spread of germs and protect our environment by disposing of these items properly. Remember to take responsibilty for your trash and follow our Carry In/ Carry Out policy.

BE PREPARED When in the outdoors, especially in low temperatures, dress in layers and wear a warm hat and gloves. Hypothermia is caused by exposure to cold weather, wind, rain, or submersion in cold water. It can set in when the body core temperature reaches 95 degrees Fahrenheit and is marked by shivering, dizziness, trouble speaking, lack of coordination, confusion, faster heartbeat, and shallow breathing. It is important to look for these symptoms in children and the elderly who may not be focused on this hazard. If hypothermia is suspected, call for help immediately; move the victim to a warm environment, remove wet clothing, and cover the individual with warm layers of clothing or blankets.

By following these guidelines, you help assure yourself a safe, fun, and relaxing visit at RI’s network of parks, beaches, and management areas.


Commemorative 2021 First Day Hike Pin Pick-Up Locations

 

First Day Hike PinA limited number of commemorative pins engraved with “Fort Adams State Park” will be available for self-pick-up at designated locations within the specified state parks listed below, while supplies last. Prior to the Covid-19 public health crisis, DEM planned to host the annual Day Hike at this popular waterfront park.

 

Burlingame Campground, Charlestown

Map of Burlingame  

Limited supply of pins available near the check in station. Please practice social distancing and wear masks while enjoying the outdoors.

 

Colt State Park, Bristol

Map of Colt  

Limited supply of pins available near the boat ramp after first parking area. Please practice social distancing and wear masks while enjoying the outdoors.

 

Fort Adams State Park, Newport

Map of Fort Adams  

Limited supply of pins available near the visitor center. Please practice social distancing and wear masks while enjoying the outdoors.

 

Goddard Memorial State Park, Warwick

Map of Goddard  

Limited supply of pins available near the beach pavilion. Please practice social distancing and wear masks while enjoying the outdoors.

 

John H. Chafee Nature Preserve, North Kingstown

Map of Rome Point  

Limited supply of pins available near kiosk next to the parking area. Please practice social distancing and wear masks while enjoying the outdoors.

 

Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln

Map of Lincoln Woods  

Limited supply of pins available near the permit office. Please practice social distancing and wear masks while enjoying the outdoors.