Start off your new year with a First Day Hike at Atlanta State Park or any one of the 89 Texas State Parks. This Saturday Texas State Parks are hosting a big variety of guided and self-guided tours so you can walk, bike or paddle your way into the new year.

First Day Hikes at parks and natural areas simply trying to help visitors get going with their New Year’s resolutions. According to the Texas State Parks Department, 2,668 visitors ushered in 2021 by hiking, biking and riding a total of 8,173 miles statewide.

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You can find a list of 2022 First Day Hikes on the TPWD calendar page.

“Each new year brings about new opportunities and a fresh start for a new adventure,” said Rodney Franklin, Director of Texas State Parks. “Many first-time park users chose state parks last year and discovered the joys of getting outdoors. We cannot wait to welcome those visitors back again in 2022. I want to invite all visitors, new and returning, to join us in beginning 2022 with a First Day Hike at your favorite Texas State Park.”

Trails at Texas State Parks range in length and difficulty levels across the state. Atlanta has 4.8 miles of hiking trails, and an .8-mile nature trail. There are trails and hike for just about every level of fitness throughout Texas Parks. Trail maps for all Texas State Parks can be found on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) website and individual park webpages.

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Click here for Atlanta Texas State Park's information and reservations website.

For more information about hiking or other activities in Texas State Parks, visit

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