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First Day Hikes return Jan. 1 to state parks across the country

This Jan. 1, 2012 publicity image provided by

This Jan. 1, 2012 publicity image provided by Massachusetts State Department of Conservation and Recreation shows Gov. Patrick Deval and his dog Tobey, participating in a First Day hike at Mount Greylock State Reservation in Lanesborough, Mass. Massachusetts has organized hikes in state parks on New Year's Day for more than 20 years. An effort by a group called America's State Parks to expand the program last January succeeded in getting 14,000 people to take part in hikes in 400 parks in 50 states. This coming Jan. 1, the program is expected to be even bigger. (AP Photo/Tim Zelazo/ MassParks Department of Conservation and Recreation Staff) (Credit: AP)

You can still have that sip of champagne on New Year's Eve: It has carbs you will need for your Jan. 1 hike.

The First Day Hikes program is back, with more than 640 guided walks organized at state parks across the country on the first day of 2013. Pulled together by a group called America's State Parks, all 50 states are participating.

Meant to entice the entire family for a bout of exercise in the great outdoors, area parks are offering plenty of options, including a 1-mile stroll at Jones Beach State Park Nature Center and a 2.5-mile run (or walk, bike or skate, your choice) at Hudson State Historic Park, in Poughkeepsie.

Some events have nominal fees and require registration. For the full list, head to americasstateparks.org/first-day-hikes.

In 2012, the program's inaugural year, The Associated Press reports, 400 events found 14,000 people moving across some 30,000 miles total.

Photo: Massachusetts Governor Patrick Deval and his dog Tobey participate in a First Day hike at Mount Greylock State Reservation in Lanesborough, Mass. (Jan. 1, 2012)

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