NORTH CAROLINA -- North Carolinians are adding another New Year's tradition to their lists in addition to eating black-eyed peas and kissing as the clock strikes 12.

First Day Hikes in North Carolina State Parks are being held on Jan. 1.

More than 40 guided hikes are scheduled in the state parks system, including short "leg-stretchers" to several-mile rambles, featuring educational programs led by rangers along the way.

The tradition started more than 40 years ago at Eno River State Park, where it drew more than 800 visitors.

Nationally, First Day Hikes is promoted by America’s State Parks and the National Association of State Park Directors, with more than 400 hikes scheduled in state parks across the country.

All state parks will be open on the holiday.

To see a complete list of parks in North Carolina hosting the event, visit