Take A First Day Hike!

By Taylor Staubach, Publisher Berkshires Macaroni Kid & Berkshire Family Hikes December 29, 2023

How do you celebrate the first day of a brand spanking new year? If you're anything like me, you're deciding where to take that First Day Hike with your family. 

First Day Hikes were an initiative that began in Massachusetts in 1992. In an attempt to get more people outdoors during the colder months, Blue Hills Reservation planned the occasion and lo and behold, 380 people showed up for the inaugural event! Since then, it has spread all over the nation and all 50 states now recognize this tradition as an alternative start to the new year!

Families can kick off their new year at Mount Greylock State Reservation with a self-guided First Day Hike! This program is free, open to the public and recommended for ages 7 and older.

Welcome the new year with to the first ever FIRST DAY OPEN HOUSE from 10:00am to 3:00pm with refreshments and a cozy fire in the fireplace.

There will also be an opportunity to join friends and neighbors for a First Day Hike on The Bradley Farm Trail! This program is free, open to the public and recommended for ages 7 and older. 

Hike an easy to moderate 2 miles (90-120 minutes) on the Bradley FarmTrail. Explore remnants of an old orchard, farmland, forest succession and perhaps see evidence of wildlife! Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers and wear winter boots. If conditions permit, bring snowshoes and hiking poles. Dogs are welcome on a 10 foot maximum leash.

DCR has over 150 state parks and thousands of miles of trails. To find an outdoor location near you, visit: for a list of recommended self-guided hikes. 

Click HERE to view our 2020 First Day Hike at Greylock Glen in Adams, and HERE to view a list of great winter hike options in the Berkshires. Click HERE for a Berkshire Macaroni Kids list of 50 family-friendly hikes in Berkshire County.