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First Day Hikes deemed a success in the Commonwealth

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The fifth annual Virginia State Parks "First Day Hikes" was a success!

According to the state parks system, 12,547 hikers participated in the guided and self-guided hiking opportunities, racking in 15,009 miles.

First Day Hikes began in 2011 to get Virginians starting off the new year on the right foot.

This year is the parks system's 80th anniversary.