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Slideshow: 'First Day' New Year's hikes expand to parks in all 50 states

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.
Tim Zelazo
This Jan. 1, 2012 photo provided by the Virginia State Parks and the Department of Conservation and Recreation shows Virginia State Parks ranger Bob Flippen, right, at Virginia’s High Bridge Trail State Park leading a group of hikers on a First Day Hike in Va. The hike was one of 400 First Day Hikes held at state parks last Jan. 1. More than 600 are planned for this Jan. 1.
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
This Jan. 1, 2012 photo provided by Alaska State Parks shows hikers at Eagle River Nature Center on a First Day Hike in Alaska. The hike was one of 400 First Day Hikes held at parks in all 50 states last Jan. 1. More than 600 are planned for this Jan. 1.
Alaska State Parks photo
Craig Medred