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Kick-off the New Year with us!first day


January 1, 2013 will be here before you know it and we've got a great way to celebrate:  join us for a First Day Hike!  We're gearing up for our second year of hosting First Day Hikes at more than 20 state parks across New York.  First Day Hikes are a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. 


Choose from treks identifying animal tracks, a seal walk, winter woodlands, an historic walking tour, an evening hike and more! If the weather conditions permit, some First Day Hikes may include snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.


Visitors can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, experience spectacular views and vistas, and benefit from the company of a knowledgeable guide. State park staff and volunteers will lead these family-friendly hikes, which average one to two miles or longerfirst day hike connetquot


Last year was the first time all 50 state park systems joined together to host these hikes. The First Day program was launched nationally to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks.


Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips are available on our website. 

Find a First Day Hike near you!  

160 Years of
History Unveiled


wash exhibitA new permanent exhibit, 
Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington's Headquarters' Collection makes a great reason to visit the nation's very first public historic site. Unveiled on December 1, 2012 at the Museum at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, this exhibit features rare, curious and important artifacts not seen by the public for many years.
Displayed in two galleries ofepeluts open storage, this selection of amazing objects was amassed over 160 years and represents the very roots
of the preservation movement in American history. The site will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10am to 3pm, through the winter months.  
Ten Things to Enjoy this Winter
Don't hibernate- rejuvenate! Winter is a great time of year to explore the outdoors and try your hand at something new. Here are ten ideas to get you started. Photo Gallery  


Historic Holidays


Experience the holidays of yesteryear. From candlelight tours to Victorian décor, many of our historic sites are offering special holiday programming.
For a schedule of events, visit our listing of
Holidays at Historic Sites.

Staatsburg holidays

Photo: Staatsburgh State Historic Site

A Message About Hurricane Sandy

Many New York State Parks on Long Island and the Hudson Valley suffered devastating impacts from Hurricane Sandy.  Some of the state's busiest and most popular oceanfront parks, including Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Parks, were particularly hard hit. While the damage to parks doesn't compare to lives, homes and businesses lost in the storm, these hard-hit parks are special places for millions of people affected by the storm. We are working hard to get them open and accessible to New Yorkers. Not only were there impacts to the facilities people use and enjoy, such as beaches, boardwalks and picnic groves, but also to the infrastructure that enables the parks to host throngs of visitors, including water and sewer systems and access roads. During this time, we appreciate your patience as we work to restore these facilities.


Jones beach- Hurricane Sandy 2012   

Save the Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013

New Yorkers love their parks. Last spring, thousands of volunteers turned out to help maintain the beauty of New York's treasured state parks and historic sites by participating in a volunteer clean-up and stewardship event at one of more than 40 state parks and historic sites as part of the first ever I Love My Park Day, organized in partnership with Parks & Trails New York.  

Follow us or visit
 for updated information on how to register to volunteer at your favorite state park or historic site on Saturday, May 4, 2013!  

FDR I love my park day


 The NY State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation wishes you & yours a happy,
healthy holiday season.
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 Winter Fun!

Snowtubing, ice skating,
x-country skiing,
hikes, walks
and more.

Check out this
wintery event mix!
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 Download our FREE
  Park App!


The NY State Parks App includes contact information, directions,
event listings, maps, search features, weather, links to
social networks & more. 

Find it on

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Site brochure   
 Celebrate Our NY History

This comprehensive guide
is now available in a 
convenient digital version.  

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Visit our
web calendar for 
hikes, programs,
festivals & more! 


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  Empire pass  

Empire Passports
now available


The Empire Passport offers
all season enjoyment to
park visitors by providing unlimited vehicle entry to
New York's State parks for
just $65. Enjoy the forests,
the seashore, the lakefronts--
and bring as many friends
as your car holds! The
Passport provides access to
178 state parks, 55 Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forest preserve areas.

Visit our website
 for more information or to learn how
to purchase a Passport. 


  zero tolerance

Stay Safe on the Trail
this Winter


NY State offers tremendous opportunities for snowmobiling.
But when heading out on the trail, remember to avoid drinking any alcohol whatsoever until the snowmobile is parked for

 the day. Zero alcohol is the
only choice to make
snowmobiling safer.  

Visit our website
for information on snowmobile education, trail systems,
laws and registration.