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News: Places to walk, explore, hike, &/or bike while keeping your social distance

Date Published Author
4/15/2020 12:00:00 AM  Jeanne Scigliano 

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Please check links for the most up to date information on closures and conditions

We know that physical activity and time in the outdoors is beneficial to body, mind, and spirit.  In our busy lives before the pandemic, we might not have been aware of all the wonderful, local places you can go and immerse yourself in nature!  To assist you now, we have compiled a list with links of nearby locations with trails for you and your household to experience.
 
Plan ahead before you go:

  • Research the web site for each of these prior to heading out to ensure they are still open to the public which they were at time of publication; in addition, many of these places have a Facebook page which is not linked here, but does have helpful up to date conditions posted by recent visitors! If you find anything on this list that has closed; please let us know.  We will cross them out and mark in red, but we will keep them on the list for the future so you have the reference for better days ahead!
  • Dress for the weather
  • Bring :
    • Your own food and drinks
    • Your own garbage bag; plan to carry in carry out as most places have removed garbage pails to support the safety of their Maintenance staff
    • Hand Sanitizer
  • Consider the timing … so you schedule around your personal needs as public bathrooms are closed
    • How long it will take to get there and get back?
    • How long you plan to be there?
  • Go solo with only the people you live with; do not plan to meet up with friend or family
  • Let someone outside your immediate household know where you plan to go and let them know when you return
 
At destination
  • If the parking lot is full, leave and choose another place; many venues are controlling the number of people visiting a site, by limiting the parking – respect the management and go elsewhere for your safety and that of other visitors
  • When hiking/walking someplace new, I have found it valuable to set the timer on my phone at 30 minutes; when it rings I turn around ensuring the walk part of my outing is one hour, leaving me time to return home to attend to my personal needs
  • Maintain social distancing keeping 6 feet or more between you and people who are not members of your household; step off trails to allow others to pass
 
Local trails some paved most wooded!
 To reduce density the following trails are Closed: