5 reasons to start 2017 off right with a First Day Hike at Myrtle Beach or Huntington Beach State Parks

The First Day Hike is a tradition in our family. It’s a great way to put down the devices, lace up the sneakers, and spend some time breathing in the woods or on the beach. This activity encompasses everything I resolve to do almost every new year.

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Photo: South Carolina State Parks on Facebook

Why we love the First Day Hike

  1. We are are active. Who doesn’t need a little more fitness in their life? This girl and her family sure do.
  2. We are tech-free. We, along with almost everyone else I’ve met in the last ten years, are addicted to our phones, tablets, laptops, and TVs. It feels good to leave it all behind in the car and de-screen for a bit.
  3. We are together. As our kids get a little older, they have their own agendas. This First Day Hike has us talking, laughing, doing something together that doesn’t involve scheduling or carpools.
  4. We aren’t spending a ton of money. The First Day Hike is free with entrance into the park. If you have a Passport Pass (75 of the best dollars I spend every year) it’s free. If we were to spend two hours at a movie, that would equal well over $50 when you add the popcorn and candy.
  5. We are outdoors. We spend more time than I want to admit in front of computers or on the couch. And every single time we do something outdoors we collectively agree, “This is so great! We need to do this more.” Then life takes over and old habits return.

So what do you say? Want to start 2017 being active, engaged, with your loved ones, outdoors, and without breaking the budget that’s likely already crying? Me too!

There are two First Day Hikes at Myrtle Beach State Park

Trail: Woods and Beach Time: 1:30pm-3pm Meeting location: Nature Center Degree of difficulty: easy Minimum age: 5 and up, hike designed for families Length of trail: 0.5 miles Things to bring: Water bottle and comfortable walking shoes. Contact information: 843-238-0874

Trail: Sculptured Oak Nature Trail and beach Time: 10am-12pm Meeting location: Nature Center Degree of difficulty: easy Minimum age: designed for adults Length of trail: 1.5 miles Things to bring: Water bottle and comfortable walking shoes. Contact information: 843-238-0874 Additional information: no cell phones or pets

There is one First Day Hike at Huntington Beach State Park

Trail: Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail and Beach Walk Time: 2pm-4pm Meeting location: North Beach Parking Lot Degree of difficulty: easy Minimum age: n/a Length of trail: 2.5 mile Things to bring: Water bottle and comfortable walking shoes that can get wet. Contact information: 843-235-8755 Additional information: bring a small bag for shells if you want.

You can download a full list of First Day Hike locations and times in South Carolina here. They’re across the entire state, so don’t worry if you’re not local!

Want to read more? Check out the latest on the Myrtle Beach for Families blog.

About Melissa Byers

My name is Melissa Byers and I've been a Grand Strand resident for 13 years. I love living and raising my family here! We're all about the events, activities, discounts, RVing, travel, and crab cakes.

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