Safety and Etiquette

Safety while in the forest begins with you. There are many areas of the forest that can be difficult for first responders to access in a timely manner. Please take responsibility for your own safety.

Safety Tips

  • Bring ample water.
  • Bring a fully charged cell phone.
  • Know your abilities and health limitations. Don’t take on more than you can safely accomplish.
  • Check the hourly weather forecast and the weather radar. Be active in the cooler parts of the day.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and conditions. Be prepared with sunscreen and bug repellant.
  • Wear sturdy footwear with a good tread.
  • Pay attention to trail markers so you can reference them in case of an emergency.
  • Know your trail route and where you started.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Leave your valuables at home.

Trail Etiquette

  • Be considerate of other trail users – you are all here for the same reason.
  • Downhill traffic should yield to uphill traffic.
  • All trail users should yield to horses. Avoid sudden moves or loud noises which could startle them.
  • Mountain bikers and trail runners should yield to all other users. Slow down and alert other users when approaching from the rear.
  • Always travel at safe speeds.
  • Do not use trails when wet or muddy.

General Rules

  • The forest is open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Stay on designated and posted trails.
  • No smoking, fireworks or open flame.
  • Dogs must be on a leash (no longer than 6 feet) at all times and owners must immediately pickup and deposit waste in a trash receptacle.
  • Use of drones is prohibited.
  • Do not disturb wildlife or alter, deface, place or remove any materials, including rocks, animals or vegetation, dead or alive.
  • No alcohol or glass containers.

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