BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is inviting residents to kick off the new year with a hike in a state park.

The agency says at least seven state parks are holding organized hikes Sunday. Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina says it’s a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off holiday calories.

The hikes include a winter wildlife tour of Greenbrier State Park near Boonsboro and a history-and-geology hike at Patapsco Valley State Park near Catonsville.

Other hikes are scheduled in the Cedarville State Forest near Brandywine; Cunningham Falls State Park near Thurmont; Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area near Elkton; Fort Frederick State Park near Big Pool; and Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area near Elkton.

Similar events are scheduled in state park systems nationwide.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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