Some tips to make your hike more enjoyable:
- Established hiking trails are marked with signs at the trail head and intersections
- Watch for blazes on trees, which mark trail locations. Blazes are swatches of paint places on trees to aid in trail navigation.
- Rocks, fallen trees, roots, and steep ground will make some trails rough and uneven.
- Proper footwear, along with care of foot placement, will help prevent sprained ankles or falls.
- Do not hike during periods of high wind. Falling branches and trees commonly occur at these times.
- Carry enough water for your trip.
- You may encounter a variety of wildlife while hiking. For your safety, leave them alone.
- Leave your iPod at home - when hiking, take time to pause and listen to the sounds of the Forest, and you'll find it fascinating!
- Leave yourself enough time to get back on trails before dark. Work backwards from sunset to determine your return time - and be sure to account for the lower-light factor of the forest.