Trail Safety Tips

Safety Tips for Trail Use

Using trails is a great chance to experience nature, history, and get exercise. Here are some safety tips to ensure that your trip is an enjoyable experience.

For All Trail Users

  • Trails are available from sunrise to sunset everyday unless otherwise marked at the trailhead.
  • Before you leave for the trail, make sure you know where you are going. It is also a good idea to tell a responsible person about your plans of where you will be and when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave for your destination so that you can pack the proper equipment.
  • Before you leave your vehicle, make sure all valuables are out of sight and make sure you lock your doors.
  • If possible, park in a well-lit, heavy traveled area.
  • Carry identification that includes your name, phone number, pertinent medical information, and emergency contact information.
  • Know the regulations and obey all trail rules posted at trailheads.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Be cautious of poisonous plants, insects, arachnids, and animals.
  • Make sure you bring drinking water and stay hydrated.
  • Please leave plants and animals undisturbed.
  • Any trash that you create, please make sure it finds its way to a trash can.
  • Trust your instincts; don't walk where you are uncomfortable.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and others around you.
  • Pets should be on a leash.

For Trail Walkers/Hikers

  • If you are in a group, do not block the trail to other users.
  • If a person approaches you that is traveling faster than yourself, step aside and let them pass.

For Bicyclists

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Give verbal warning and use caution when passing others on the trail.
  • Follow the traffic laws for biking on paved trails and when on the road. Stay to the right unless you are passing others.
  • Travel at a safe speed at all times. Approach turns with caution as if someone was around the corner. Use verbal warning to let people know you are coming around a turn.
  • When approaching horses from behind, let the rider know you are there. Ask the rider if it is safe to pass. Some horses spook easy, and you do not want to danger the rider or yourself. When approaching an oncoming horse, stop and pull off the downhill side of the trail and let the horse pass.

For Equestrians

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Travel at a safe speed at all times. Approach turns with caution as if someone was around the corner. Use verbal warning to let people know you are coming around a turn.
  • Let other trail users know when it is safe to pass you and your horse.