No need to dress up, you don’t need special gear and you won’t have to move mountains to find a hike (although you can hike to the summit of Neah-kah-nie Mountain near Oswald West).
The only things you’ll need for the 25 other hikes are appropriate clothes for the weather, sturdy walking shoes and drinking water. The hikes are free and day-use parking fees are waived Jan. 1, for all visitors to participating state parks that normally require a permit.
This is the third year that Oregon State Parks has participated in First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative sponsored by America’s State Parks (www.americasstateparks.org) to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the New Year by getting out for a walk in a state park. Last year, more than 420 people participated in First Day Hikes in Oregon.
Here’s some of the options up and down the Oregon coast:
• Bullards Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-noon
• Cape Lookout State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area, 10-11 a.m.
• Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, 10 a.m.-1p.m.
• South Beach State Park, 10-11:30 a.m.
• Sunset Bay State Park, noon-2 p.m.
• William M. Tugman State Park, 10 a.m.-noon
In case of inclement weather, call the parks to find out about cancellations — phone numbers are available online.