Trail Etiquette

All Trail Users:

  1. Obey all posted signs and trail regulations.
  2. Greet and thank landowners for allowing use of their property.
  3. Respect landowners’ privacy (talk softly when passing residences).
  4. Leave all gates in the position you find them.
  5. Do not smoke in the woods or on private land.
  6. Absolutely no motor vehicles should be used where prohibited.
  7. If you are leaving prints (hoof, tire, or boot), it is too wet.  Please do not conitnue.
  8. Keep to the edges of fields to avoid trampling crops (grass may be a hay crop).
  9. Whatever you take onto the trails, PLEASE take it out when you leave.
  10. If you bring your dog (where allowed), please make sure it is well behaved. Pick up after your dog. Don’t let it harass wildlife.
  11. Share the trails. If we don’t share, we all will lose!

Riders:

Be an ambassador for all equestrians:

  1. Let mountain bikes pass when it is safe to do so. As a rule, they go faster than horses.
  2. Please stay off trials when they are wet; if you leave a hoof print, it is too wet.
  3. Ride on the edge of fields only unless otherwise indicated.
  4. Alert other trail users when you approach from the rear and ask permission to pass.
  5. Approach and pass other trail users at a walk.
  6. Walk by stabled or pastured animals.
  7. Ride single file on the road.
  8. Stay off cross country ski tracks.
  9. Do not bring your dog when riding.
  10. Please acknowledge motorists who slow down or stop with a wave or  a thank you.

Walkers:

  1. Let mountain bikers and horses pass. Please make yourself visible so as not to frighten horses.

Mountain Bikers

Be an ambassador for all mountain bikers, be respectful.  Remember that bikers are the newest group on the trails, let’s make sure that we will always be welcomed by other trail users and property owners.

  1. On the trail hikers have the right of way.  Stop to let them pass, or if approaching from behind slow down and make your presence known before passing.
  2. Please slow down to the same speed as a horse when you come up from behind and say “Hello,” ask the rider if it is okay to pass. You don’t realize how quiet you are and horses are easy to startle. When meeting horses face on, please stop and say “Hi.” It helps the horses to not be frightened and become more accustomed to others on the trail.
  3. Please help maintain trails, if you tires are making ruts the ground is too wet.  Walk or carry your bike through wet areas to help preserve the trail system.

For more information and tips on trail riding please visit the New England Mountain Bike Association at NEMBA.org.