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First Day Hike 2023 - Intermediate/Easy

**1.5 miles

**Slight difficulty - trails may include incline or uneven terrain


Welcome in the new year with an enjoyable stroll around the winter forest!  This event is part of a First Day Hike tradition at state parks all over the country and Canada. Start the year off on the right foot and then afterward, warm up in the Nolde mansion where the Friends of Nolde Forest will be hosting an open house. Both events celebrate the rich traditions and historic forest of this land that all Pennsylvanians share!    

The afternoon hike will begin at McConnell Hall parking lot at 1:00 PM.  Make sure you dress for the weather by wearing layers and hiking shoes!  


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for all participants. We will not be able to take walk up participants.

Registration is open Dec 19 (9am) - Dec 30 (12pm)

Spaces are limited, so please be sure you sign up by clicking the green box in the upper righthand corner.

Due to high demand, participants should only sign up for ONE of the First Day Hike options.


Questions regarding this program should be directed to Nolde Forest educator, Jill, at MarKemp@pa.gov

Programs are rain or shine but will be cancelled for severe weather. You will be contacted if the program is cancelled due to a severe weather forecast.


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Sunday, January 1 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
3025 New Holland Road, Reading, PA 19607


State Parks


Get Outdoors PA

Outdoor Activities

Hiking and Walking


South, East

Seasonal Events

First Day Hikes

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McConnell Hall

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