In addition to N.C. State Parks, two Raleigh parks and a Cary park also will host New Year's Day hikes this weekend.
From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 1, both Durant Nature Preserve and Walnut Creek Wetland Center will host family-friendly guided walks in nature.
After the walk, there will be hot cocoa. Park staff will be on hand to talk about what you saw along the way. All ages are welcome, but the trails at Durant Nature Preserve are natural surface and not stroller-friendly. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome at Walnut Creek Wetland Center.
Pre-registration is helpful but not required, according to the city. The city's website has more information.
In Cary, Morris Branch Greenway will host its annual First Walk at 10 a.m., Sunday. The free walk will last about an hour on a two-mile asphalt trail. Participants can bring children in strollers and dogs on six–foot leashes, but no skates or bikes. Participants will meet at the Bradford Hall at Carolina Preserve Clubhouse, 115 Allforth Pl., where parking is available. Registration is optional. Call 919-460-4965.