Start off 2013 with a hike at the Aiken State Park.


All 50 state park systems are sponsoring guided First Day Hikes today, offering individuals and families an opportunity to kick off the new year with a healthy, outdoor activity. There are 657 First Day Hikes around the country.


“A lot of people like to make resolutions,” said Robert Mahoney with the Aiken State Park in Windsor. “The First Day Hike is a chance for people to visit the park, hike and do a lot outdoors.”


The hike, weather permitting, will begin at 10 a.m. and leave from the main picnic area in the park. The hike will be along the 1.5-mile Jungle Trail.


“There are no bears or lions. The trail gets its name for all the areas it goes through – wetlands and pine forests,” Mahoney said.


There is no cost to the hike other than the admission fee to the park, which is $2 for adults and $1.25 for seniors. Those 15 years old and younger are admitted for free.


“We’ll see some deer, see and hear some birds and we may get a drink at the artesian well. Many people have never seen an artesian well. We’ll talk about the history of the park and the species of plants and trees. Just be prepared to have a good time,” Mahoney said.


The hike will take a little more than one hour.


Aiken State Park is located at 1145 State Park Road in Windsor.