ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York parks and environmental conservation staff are leading hikes on public lands to kick off the new year.

The family-friendly walks and hikes range from one to five miles of varying difficulty. Dozens of hikes are listed on the Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Parkswebsites.

The eighth annual "First Day Hikes" program is taking place across the country on Tuesday. In New York, hikes are being led at 51 state parks and historic sites and 19 DEC wildlife areas, trails and educational centers. They include a snowshoe waterfall hike, a canal towpath walk, a history tour and mountain trails.

Some of the hikes require pre-registration. Information on registration is posted on the websites along with details of the trips.

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