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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.