4 Tips for Great Trail Etiquette
Everyone wants to have a good time while hiking, but that can be changed by someone who is not courteous on the trail. Here are a few tips if you are planning to hit the trails:
1. Stay on the trail. You don't want to do any damage to the natural areas (and critter habitats) around you. Move to the side to allow others to pass, but stay on the trail as much as possible.
2. Say hello. When you pass others on the trail, keep it friendly so that everyone has a great experience. You can also find out and/or pass along information about the trail conditions ahead.
3. Share the space. When hiking, be aware that there may be bikers on the trail as well. If you're wearing headphones, be sure to keep it low enough to hear if others are coming. If you are the one biking, provide advance warning that you are approaching from behind.
4. Yield to uphill hikers. Hiking on hills can get tricky when there is traffic coming both ways. Always let those ascending pass first. It is easier for those descending to stop and start up again than it is for those climbing up.
Just remember to be kind while you are out on the trail. Everyone out there has a shared interest in nature and we all want to enjoy our hike. Learn more about some of our City Park Trails here in Virginia Beach.