First Day Hikes Return to Oregon State Parks

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America’s State Parks in sponsoring First Day Hikes in 28 Oregon State Parks on New Year’s Day, including Nehalem Bay State Park. Park rangers or volunteers will lead most of the hikes. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.

First Day Hikes help families enjoy state parks close to their homes and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The purpose of America’s State Parks is to promote and advance the state park systems of America, for the contribution they make to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy.

Visit the Oregon State Parks website for directions to each park: www.oregonstateparks.org, or call Nehalem Bay State Park directly at (503) 368-5943. OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, and to remember the binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Dan Haag
Born and raised in the great white north of Minnesota, Dan Haag felt the pull of the north Oregon Coast in the early 90s. Finding that rain never needed to be shoveled, he married an Oregon girl and settled in Manzanita, where he works as director of the Manzanita Visitors Center. He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of state and national publications. He spends his free time wandering the area’s many trails, supporting the Oregon wine and beer industry, perusing coastal bookstores, and chasing his black Labrador, Lilo, along the beach.