The weather is looking good for New Year's Day, and John Holland, superintendent of Lake Brownwood State Park, hopes this year's First Day Hike on Wednesday will be "the biggest one yet."

Hikers will meet at 2 p.m. in the pavilion at the Council Bluff Campground to begin the hike.

In 2012, the first year state parks sponsored First Day Hikes, Lake Brownwood State Park drew 156 — more than any other park. The numbers were down a little last New Year's Day, with 133 hikers.

For the 2014 First Day Hike, there will be some new sights. The As in previous years, there will be two routes to choose from. The shorter, 1-mile route will be on a portion of the Texas Oak Trail. The longer route — previously on a longer portion of the Texas Oak Trail — will be on the 3-mile Nopales Ridge Trail.

The Nopales Ridge Trail, which officially opens March 1, is being installed as the park's first mountain bike trail. It is longer but less steep than what had been the longer version of the Texas Oak Trail, Holland said.

The Nopales Ridge Trail is easy hiking with some moderate climbs and is suitable for families. You may want to bring a hiking stick, sturdy shoes, binoculars for wildlife viewing and plenty of drinking water.

Here is the information Lake Brownwood officials released earlier about the First Day Hike:

Start or continue a tradition on New Year's Day 2014.

Join a park ranger for a First Day Hike on the newly installed Nopales Ridge Trail or on the Opossum Loop of the Texas Oak Trail. Meet us at the pavilion in the Council Bluff Campground.

The Nopales Ridge Trail is being installed as our first mountain bike trail. This 3-mile trail is easy hiking with some moderate climbs and is suitable for families. You may want to bring a hiking stick, sturdy shoes, binoculars for wildlife viewing and plenty of drinking water. 

If you want to go on an easier stroll, a group will be taking the Oak Trail to the Opossum Loop. This 1-mile hike is very easy and on relatively flat ground with no hills. You will still want to dress appropriately and bring water and your binoculars as you can see the birds well through the dormant mesquite and post oak trees. 

After your hike, enjoy a campfire and hot chocolate at the pavilion in the Council Bluff campground. Then you can continue to explore on our other trails, or bring your fishing pole and enjoy free fishing 

If you want to go on an easier stroll, a group will be taking the Oak Trail to the Opossum Loop. This 1-mile hike is very easy and on relatively flat ground with no hills. You will still want to dress appropriately and bring water and your binoculars.

After your hike, enjoy a campfire and hot chocolate at the pavilion in the Council Bluff campground. Then you can continue to explore on our other trails, or bring your fishing pole and enjoy free fishing in the state park.