The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will ring in 2015 with 31 guided hikes in state parks on New Year's Day. This is the fourth year that OPRD has participated in First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative sponsored by America's State Parks. Last year, more than 940 people participated in First Day Hikes in Oregon.
Oregon Parks and Recreation will waive the day-use parking fees on Jan. 1 for all visitors to participating state parks that normally require a permit. 29 parks are participating in First Day Hikes this year, including Ecola State Park and Fort Stevens State Park. The guided hike at Ecola will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.--meet at the Ecola Point parking lot near Indian Beach trailhead. The Fort Stevens hike will take place from 9-11 a.m.--meet at Coffenbury Lake north parking lot.