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New Yorkers start the New Year with a "First Day Hike"

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(WKTV) - For many New Yorkers, the first day of 2022 involved going for a hike.

The annual "First Day Hike" encouraged residents to get outside and take advantage of the many trails located in state parks, historic sites or other public locations.

In Herkimer County, hikers met up at the General Herkimer Home to take advantage of the Erie Canal trail, which runs behind the historic property.

Hikers of all ages and abilities - some with two legs, some with four - enjoyed a 2 mile hike taking in what Mother Nature had to offer in the scenic Mohawk Valley.

The event was free, but participants were encouraged to bring a can, or non-perishable food item to help out local food pantries.

"We have a really important site here”, said Sharon Powell, the lead interpreter at the Herkimer Home.

“Our 'First Day Hike' gives us the opportunity to not only get people to the site, but also have them ask us questions about the historic site. We give them a little background history on our historic site, and hopefully spark an interest so they come back and learn about the valuable contributions that were made by many members of our community throughout history".

Similar hikes also took place Saturday at the Glimmerglass State Park in Cooperstown and Delta Lake State Park in Rome.

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