*** We are not promoting travel to Western NC at this time and strongly recommend you stay home, stay safe, and stop the spread of COVID-19 in this region. See why staying home can save lives. Please review the recommendations of the NCDHHS and the CDC on social distancing.
See our Coronavirus Updates for Western North Carolina for advisories, closures, and more. Many trails and parks are now closed in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Hiking Etiquette 101 & Social Distancing on Trails
Practice the following hiking etiquette with some simple modifications to prevent close contact with other hikers. If passing or yielding to fellow hikers, give them a heads up and let them know you’re going to create a 6 ft clearance between the two of you as you pass. Avoid touching trailhead stations where others may have taken maps or touched the plexiglass display. Carry hand sanitizer with you and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible throughout the hike.
- Do not go hiking if you feel sick, have a fever or cough
- Go early or late to avoid crowds
- Keep a 6 ft distance from other hikers
- Yield to uphill traffic
- Stay to the right, pass to the left
- Leave no trace
- Keep your dogs leashed