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Kevin Koons, left, speaks to participants in the First Day Hike, including the Houck family of Burke.

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Starting the New Year with a Hike

Area residents spend New Year’s Day at Mason Neck State Park.

Park rangers led visitors of Mason Neck State Park through a series of hikes on Jan. 1 as part of America’s State Parks First Day Initiative. Mason Neck hosted three hikes on New Year’s Day, each of varying difficulty. Interpretive Ranger Kevin Koons led eager hikers on the third guided hike of the day, which included an easy one-mile walk along the Bay View Trail, providing views of marshlands and Belmont Bay. Koons said the park is famous for its bald eagle sightings.

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