UPDATED STATE PARK TRAIL GUIDELINES

Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Trail Use:

  • Do not use parks or trails if you are feeling ill and exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 ft. or more at all times. Watch out for one-way trails as maintaining 6 ft. of physical distancing may not be possible. Do not congregate in groups.
  • Be courteous and observe trail etiquette. Communicate with others and step aside to yield, if possible, when others approach you on a trail.  Alert those in front if you wish to pass.
  • Travel the trail in a manner that allows you to yield. Please slow down when approaching other users, be aware of blind corners, and be mindful of traffic coming from behind you.
  • When yielding to other users, please stop and move directly off the trail at a 90- degree angle, preferably at least 6 feet if possible and stop again. Please avoid continuing to travel parallel to the trail as this could cause resource damage from the trampling of vegetation and erosion.
  • Once the person or persons you have yielded to have passed, move directly back onto the trail and continue your hike/run.
  • Wear a face mask when you pass others as a courtesy, or as directed by county regulations.
  • If parking lots or trailheads are crowded, explore other options or return when it is less crowded. 
  • Plan ahead and use trails during quieter times like in the morning or afternoon.
  • For public safety, we may be required to close parking lots or restrict access if overcrowding occurs or visitors do not follow this health and safety guidance. 

State Parks’ General Safety Guidelines for Visitors: 

  • Stay Local – Stay close to home. Parking is very limited or non-existent at park units across the state. Walk or bike to parks in your local neighborhood. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states. 
  • Leave it at Home – The use of coolers, umbrellas, shade tents, BBQs or chairs is not allowed in many park units. Plan ahead.
  • Keep it Moving – Passive recreation (lounging, picnics, sunbathing, etc.) is being restricted where physical distance is a challenge. In those areas, only active recreation (walking, running, biking, boating, kayaking, off-highway riding, etc.) will be allowed. Also, watch out for one-way trails. 
  • Stay Safer at 6ft — No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance. 
  • Keep Clean – Be prepared. Not all restrooms are open to the public. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.