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What better way to kick off the New Year by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories in the great outdoors?

On New Year’s Day, North Carolina State Parks is offering a free, guided First Day Hike program. These hikes make it easy for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. To motivate you more, we’re giving away four $500 gift cards to a North Carolina resident who takes a hike January 1st and posts a hiking photo with a comment on why they like to hike. 

The NC State Park hiking program is not only a great way to enjoy the wonderful scenery of North Carolina, but it’s a healthy way to get out and get active.

Take advantage of the resources that our state park system has to offer by finding a First Day Hike near you. Find our more details on times and locations:

Find a Hike

Giveaway Details

  • Capture a photo on a hike (*does not have to be on a guided First Day hike) you take January 1, 2017, and post it to Instagram using the criteria below by January 2nd, 11:59 pm eastern time.
  • Four winners will be selected at random on January 6th.
  • The winners will receive a $500 gift card to use towards their New Year resolution.

How to Enter

Entry requires three simple steps: All steps must be followed.

  1. Upload a picture from a hike you take January 1st, 2017 to your Instagram account by January 2nd 11:59 pm eastern standard time. Make sure your account is set to public so we can track your submission.
  1. In the caption complete the sentence “I like to hike because…” and include the hashtag #HikeNCGiveaway.
  1. Tag @BCBSNC in your caption.

When posting a picture, keep in mind that to be a valid entry, the picture must have been taken outside and cannot include nudity, obscene behavior or illegal activity.

Example Submission

I like to hike because it connects me with nature. #HikeNCGiveAway @BCBSNC


The #HikeNCGiveaway is open to legal residents of North Carolina who are 18 or older. Participants can enter one picture for the contest.

Winner Selection and Notification

Winners will be selected Friday, January 6, 2017. Once selected, the winners will be notified by a direct message from the BCBSNC Instagram handle. If you’re a winner, you must respond within 48 hours to accept your prize. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll randomly select a new winner.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; void where prohibited.  For rules, including how to enter, prizes and odds of winning, go to ( Enter between 12:01 a.m. ET on 1/1/2017 and 11:59 p.m. ET on 1/2/2017.  Four (4) winners will be selected on January 6, 2017.The Prize is one (1) Visa ® gift card in the amount of $500.00 (ARV: $500.00). Limit one (1) entry per person. Limit one (1) prize per person. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, 4615 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

For additional giveaway details, please click here to view the complete Terms and Conditions.


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