New Year's Day en Parks Offer Free Hikes To Start 2014 <p>North Carolina's state parks will offer free hikes on New Year's Day, along with educational opportunities for children and adults alike. More than <a href="">40 outings</a> are scheduled, rain or shine, as a healthy way to ring in the new year. Some hikes will be only a couple of miles, while others will run as long as 5 miles.</p><p>It's the third year the state parks system has offered free First Day Hikes. Park officials expect thousands to attend across the state.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Eric Mennel 28222 at Parks Offer Free Hikes To Start 2014