All the state parks in Virginia offered First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, which were free to the public with no parking fees. About 140 hikers, along with some well-behaved leashed dogs showed up at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

The purpose was to encourage everyone to start the new year off in a healthy way by walking off a few of those holiday calories and explore the park trails.

-For more information, see the Jan. 8 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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