On a cold and rainy January 1, 2017, more than 50 happy hikers convened in two places on the MST to take part in the growing tradition of taking a hiking on New Year’s Day. Thanks to Joe Miller and Blue Cross Blue Shield for helping to promote the hikes through Go Hike NC!  and thanks to Jerry Barker for leading a hike along the Falls Lake section outside Raleigh, and to Tim Supple for leading a hike at Stones Creek Game Land near Jacksonville.