Enjoy New Year’s Day in the Great Outdoors

On January 1, North Carolina State Parks will be hosting First Day Hikes to start the year off right. Many parks will be hosting guided hikes at varying levels, or you can explore your favorite park on your own. We resolve to have a year full of fun, history and nature! 

Both State Parks in Rockingham County will host First Day Hike events.

Haw River State Park’s 1st Day 5K
Join us on New Year’s Day for Haw River State Park’s Fifth Annual 1st Day 5K Special Event.  Fee $30.00 for adults; $15.00 for youths 12 and under. Fee will increase after DEC 13, 2019. 

Guaranteed race shirt with pre-registration. Prizes for top two times in all age brackets & overall best times.  Masters included!

Sign up at: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Greensboro/FirstDay5k.

All proceeds go to Friends of Haw River State Park and help with educational programming.

Event begins at 1:00 p.m.

Start Location: Iron Ore Belt Access, Haw River State Park, 6068 N. Church Street, Greensboro, NC 27455

Mayo River State Park 1st Day Hike
Start your year outdoors at Mayo River State Park.  Come out for a bushwack hike from the new Anglin Mill Access north along the Mayo River to the waterfall at Deshazo Mill Access, exploring the flora and fauna along the way.  Most of this hike is easy, however participants may have to push their way through brush and maneuver over uneven rocks while crossing Fall Creek. 

Meet at the Anglin Mill Access located on Old Anglin Loop Road, Stoneville, NC (36.5397N, -79.9895W) at 11am for this program.

Please wear sturdy shoes, and bring your own drinking water.  Dress appropriately for winter weather.  There are picnic tables available at the Deshazo Mill Access, however there are no restroom facilities at either the Anglin Mill or Deshazo Mill Access.

Hike begins at 11 a.m. Approximately 1 mile one way, 2 miles round trip, moderate difficulty.