Dozens of people got their new year started on the right foot with a walk in the park.
A gathering at Kaw River State Park in Topeka was just one of several First Day Hikes hosted Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
More than two dozen people bundled up and hit the trails to get some exercise and get back to nature. Organizers say hiking the state park trails allow people to get a different view of trees and vegetation than they might in urban areas.
Clinton Lake and Tuttle Creek state parks also had events Wednesday. Kansas was participating in a larger, nationwide effort to showcase state parks.