POWHATAN, Va. — Dozens of people turned out to trek through the forest at Powhatan State Park to celebrate the New Year.
The event was part of Virginia State Parks’ annual First Day Hike, which takes place on Jan. 1 at the state’s 36 parks.
Park rangers led groups on an invigorating 3+ mile hike through the park’s Cabin, Big Woods and Pine trails at Powhatan State Park. Participants got a chance to observe the park’s wetlands, mixed forest and a pine tree stand.
If you were unable to go on one of the guided hikes, click here for a list suggested First Day Self-guided hikes.
Additionally, the first 100 attendees received a First Day Hike bumper sticker. And new for 2015, Virginia State Parks offered a team challenge and photo contest for participants.
Powhatan State Park was created in 2003 when 1,564 acres were transferred from the Department of Juvenile Justice. Before then, the land was part of the Beaumont Correctional Center, according to the park’s website.