LITTLE ROCK — In all 50 states, hikers in America’s State Parks will kick off the new year with healthy outdoor experiences as part of the annual First Day Hikes event.

This year for First Day Hikes, the State Parks of Arkansas will not offer guided hikes at any location. However, self-guided walks and hikes are encouraged on the “First Weekend,” on Jan 1-3.

Visitors who log their hikes and miles that take place in an Arkansas State Park can share their experiences at In return, they’ll receive a free sticker for themselves and each person in their group.

Arkansas State Parks are asking visitors to abide by rules instituted due to COVID-19:

When the parking lot is full the park will not allow more visitors in.

Visitors need to practice social distancing.

Masks are mandatory inside any park facility.

Make sure to bring water for the hike.

A few park locations are closed Jan. 1 but will be open on Jan. 2-3. Visit to find a nearby park.