The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America's State Parks in sponsoring First Day Hikes in 22 Oregon State Parks on New Year's Day. Park rangers or volunteers will lead most of the hikes. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.

First Day Hikes help families enjoy state parks close to their homes and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The purpose of America's State Parks is to promote and advance the state park systems of America, for the contribution they make to the nation's environment, heritage, health and economy.

Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips are available on the America's State Parks website: Visit the Oregon State Parks website for directions to each park: OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, and to remember the binoculars for wildlife

Fort Stevens Details:

Starting location: Battery Russell parking area

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Minimum age for kids: 8 years

Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash. No strollers.

Length of trail: 1 to 1.25 miles

Things to bring: Dress for the weather; the hike will take place rain or shine.

Oswald West Hike Details:

Time of event:     9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (two start times)

Starting location: North parking lot at the information kiosk

Degree of difficulty: Varies--easy to strenuous

Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash

Length of trail: Less than one mile

Things to bring: Water, warm clothes, rain gear, warm shoes, and lunch

Phone: Reservations Northwest, (800) 452-5687

Northwest Lending Group