When enjoying yourself on one of Virginia State Parks‘ many trails you must always remember you are not the only one using them. Trail use is a privilege that cannot be abused or disrespected, so making trail etiquette a priority allows everyone to enjoy the outdoors and have a good time while being safe and courteous.
You’ll encounter several trails that are multi-use, meaning hikers, bikers, and sometimes even motorized vehicles will be traveling them at the same time. A basic etiquette rule is Wheels Yield to Heels. Keep this in mind when approaching other trail users. Bicyclists or ATVers yield to all other users while hikers, walkers, yield to horseback riders.
Stay to the right of the trail, except when passing, in which case, give a clear warning signal before passing. Calling out “passing on your left” is a tried and true method. Always look ahead and behind before passing someone to avoid accidents.
Please, slow down before turning a corner and yield to other trail-users when entering or crossing a trail. This ensures that no one gets hurt.
Lastly, obey all posted signs. These indicate special restrictions that apply to the trail you are on.
Staying safe and polite to fellow visitors will help make sure everyone is enjoying themselves.