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Hiking Tips

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Tips for your next hike!
Tips for your next hike!

Wear Proper Footwear 

Pay attention to the difficulty rating and surface of trails and always wear suitable footwear.

Bring Water & Snacks 

Refillable water bottles will help you stay hydrated and reduce waste. Share with your friends, not the wildlife, feeding local animals can hinder their ability to survive independently.

Pack In & Pack Out 

Please ensure you recycle or dispose of your waste in a proper location.

Leaflets three, let it be! 

Learn to recognize poison ivy and stay clear.

Watch Out for Snakes 

Be mindful where you step, Massasauga Rattlesnakes have excellent camouflage, and they’re a protected species. If you’re bitten, seek immediate medical attention.

Beware of Bears 

In the rare event of a black bear encounter, make yourself as large as possible and make a lot of noise by yelling or stamping your feet.

Don’t Get Bit! 

Wear light coloured long sleeves and pants to keep away mosquitos and black flies.

Be Prepared 

Hike with a first aid kit and flashlight just in case.

Stay Connected 

Let others know where you’re planning on hiking, and bring your charged up cell phone so that you can call for help in case of an emergency.

Take Nothing But Pictures 

And leave only footprints so those who follow can also enjoy these natural wonders.

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