MARQUETTE COUNTY — Local trail organizations are warning trail visitors to abide by CDC guidelines, out of fear that trail networks in the area could possibly be shut down.
In a press release, the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy, the Noquemanon Trail Network, the North Country National Scenic Trail, RAMBA trails and other groups are warning potential hikers and cyclists to maintain a safe distance from others, along with avoiding gathering in large groups while on the trails.
Following these guidelines are the best way to ensure everyone has access to an important part of the community in uncertain times.
“It’s part of our community,” said Andrea Denham, Executive Director of the UP Land Conservancy. “The trails are part of who we are as a community and if we’re not following these guidelines, if we’re congregating and touching signs and people aren’t wearing masks, going out to overcrowded places continually then we are at a very serious risk of losing our ability to keep our trails open and to allow people to walk and hike on the trails. So it’s important for us all to very strictly follow those guidelines.”
Trail organizations in the area also tells the public not to take risks; getting lost or hurt may bring valuable time and resources away from COVID–19 relief.
If you come across a trail area that is already experiencing a large influx of visitors, be sure to check out the many other trails in the area. Trail maps can be found here:
Trail organizations are also asking for donations to keep up with trail maintenance as the areas are used more frequently.