If you’re looking for a fun way to ring in the new year, venture out to Stone Mountain State Park to participate in the First Day Hike. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of guided hikes will take place in all 50 states. To join the group at Stone Mountain, meet up at the Lower Trail Head parking area. The hike starts at 10:30, and will go to Wolf Rock, Cedar Rock and past the historic Hutchinson Homestead. The hike is about three miles long, of moderate difficulty.
Taking part in the First Day Hike is a great way to start off a New Year’s resolution to get out and take advantage of all the trails in our area. In addition to the many different trails located within Stone Mountain, there are other places to hike close to High Meadows Golf & Country Club. Explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway with the trails at Doughton Park. More than 30 miles of trails meander through the woods and streams of the largest recreation area the National Park Service manages on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Or you can walk a few miles on the Mountains to Sea Trail that makes its way through Alleghany County.
Setting hiking goals, such as trying out a certain number of new trails this year or hiking a set number of miles per month, will help you keep your resolution going throughout the year. There are many benefits of hiking, in addition to getting a chance to explore all the beauty of our surroundings. Hiking is good exercise, which can help improve your cardiovascular health and lower your blood pressure. It’s also a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Also, being outside in nature lowers your stress levels.
One of the best things about High Meadows Golf and Country Club is our great location. Our golf course is laid out beautifully against a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with great views from every tee. As you can see, it’s not just golfers that get a chance to enjoy our beautiful mountain setting. Take the opportunity this year to get out and explore all the beauty of nearby Stone Mountain State Park and other local trails.