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Outdoor Recreation Ethics

Plan Ahead, Be Safe and Have Fun!

Vermonters and visitors find comfort and escape in the outdoors. Local green spaces are important, and in recent years Stowe Land Trust (SLT) has seen visitor use increase at our most popular trail networks. Getting outside is so important to our mental and physical wellbeing and we want everyone to feel like they have a place on our trails. Anticipating that trails and parking lots will be busy this summer, we hope you’ll follow these guidelines and help make the experience of visiting an SLT conserved property fun for everyone.

  • Know and follow the allowable uses of the trail. For example, not all trails permit mountain biking. Check online or at the kiosk to see what uses are permitted before you embark on your adventure. 
  • Stay on marked trails and respect trail closures. Taking shortcuts, walking around wet spots, and cutting around corners on switchbacks leads to erosion and degredation of the trails and natural places we love to visit. Help your local trail organizations by staying on trail. 
  • Park close together to maximize the number of cars that will fit in a small lot. Visit properties at off-peak times – mornings, evenings, and weekdays tend to be less busy. Pick a different hike for the day if you arrive to a full parking lot.
  • Be considerate of neighbors. Most SLT conserved lands are adjacent to private property. Please do not block driveways or allow dogs to run through neighboring fields. Be thoughtful about how much noise your music or voices make when entering or exiting a property.
  • Be friendly! Say hello to those you meet on the trail.
  • Respect other visitors’ space. Dogs should be leashed or under voice control on SLT owned properties. This means they stay in your sight and come back when called.
  • Keep our special places clean! Check for trash that may have fallen out of your car or pocket in the parking lot. Pick up and dispose of dog waste off site.