Social Trails

Social Trails

Preventing Social Trails

In an effort to keep our visitors safe and protect area flora and wildlife, we ask everyone to stay on official trails and refrain from creating social trails. Social trails are informal, non-designated trails between two locations, such as points of interest that are created by the public.

Negative effects of Social Trails

  • Social trails cut through sensitive habitats and off-limit areas, threatening wildlife.
  • Social trails negatively impact soil and vegetation due to trampling.
  • In comparison to On-Trail activities, visitor activity off-trail negatively impacts wildlife species.

Why we should stay on official trails?

  • Official trails allow for both visitors and wildlife to stay safe.
  • Designated official trails are less threatening to wildlife
  • Compacting soil is bad for plants as it prevents access for needed nutrients and water. Using official trails prevents excessive impact to native soils.
  • Staying on marked trails help preserve our precious natural and cultural resources. Visitors can help preserve these beautiful areas for future generations to appreciate.