The Virginia State Parks system wants to help residents kick off the new year with some healthy activity. The commonwealth's parks system is participating in a national program called First Day Hikes, calling on Virginians to spend time hiking in state parks on the first day of 2013.
All 35 state parks have special programming on New Year's Day, says Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation spokesman Jim Meisner.
"Some parks will have a guided hike led by a park ranger. Other parks will have special, self-guided hikes -- and other parks will have cookies and cider," he says.
The event was popular last year; visitors to Virginia state parks hiked more than 5,500 miles as part of First Day Hikes last year.
Virginia's attorney general Ken Cuccinelli will face former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe in November to become Virginia's 72nd governor.