OREGON STATE PARKS OFFER FIRST HIKES, FREE PARKING – Otters. You could meet otters, a variety of birds, maybe elk or deer! New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2023


Join us outdoors on New Year’s Day for First Day Hikes. Choose from 24 hikes in 21 parks across the state. All hikes will be guided by a park ranger or volunteer who will share stories about the park’s history, geology, wildlife and plants.

All hikes are free and day-use parking fees will be waived Jan. 1 at all open parks that normally charge a parking fee.

Plan for winter weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Follow the Park Name links below to learn more about the hike description and hike length. Some parks ask for you to register.

There are several parks in Tillamook and Clastop Counties – Forst Stevens, Nehalem Bay and Sitka Sedge.

Parks hosting hikes


Portland area

Columbia River Gorge

Willamette Valley/West Cascades

Southern Oregon

  • Collier Memorial State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the Logging Museum parking lot. Call the park office,  541-783-2471 X21 to register by Dec. 30, 2022. Leave a message that includes name, contact info and number of people attending.
  • TouVelle State Park: 1:30 p.m., meet at the day-use area by Area F at the far end of the park.
  • Valley of the Rogue State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the amphitheater fire pit in the program area.

Eastern/Central Oregon