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New Years Day hikes planned in Allegany County


Take a hike at Swift Hill State Forest or the Genesee Valley Greenway

Start 2022 off on the right foot with a guided hike!! “First Day Hikes,” are planned for all over New York State and two distinct jaunts will be happening in Allegany County.

Looking forward to a fresh start in 2022? Why not plan for something fun on New Year’s Day! Celebrate the new year in the outdoors with a First Day Hike at one of the many events across the state and nation.

DEC and State Parks invite New Yorkers to kick off 2022 by participating in one of the many hikes being held at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands across the Empire State.

The event options for hikes range from self-guided treks to staff – or volunteer-led hikes, with some locations offering multiple options allowing people the time and space to social distance while still enjoying nature’s winter wonders. The walks and hikes are family-friendly, and typically range from one to five miles depending on the location and conditions.

DEC Forest Ranger Justin Thaine will be leading a group on a walk about in the Swift Hill State Forest located in Centerville. That walk is about 3.5 miles on forest roads and backcountry trails. Contact Justin Thaine or call 585-415-1521 for more information.

In Cuba, greet the New Year with a delightful walk along the Genesee Valley Greenway. Enjoy an easy, level trail and spectacular views along Griffin and Oil Creeks. 2.5 mile round trip. This free event is kid friendly. Leashed pets are welcome.

No registration is required. For more information, contact Park Manager Kristine Uribe (585)493-3614 or

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