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HC Trail Safety Guidelines

Plan Ahead

Plan your trip according to the time you have available. Check weather reports before you leave.


Let People Know Where You’re Going

Leave word as to where you are going and when you intend to return. Hike in a Group: Never hike alone. More than one pair of eyes can help follow the trail. The best minimum size for a group is three hikers. If someone were injured one person could stay with the injured person while the other could go for help.


Dress Appropriately

Wear layered clothing as the best way to meet changing weather conditions. If cool or wet conditions are expected, avoid cotton clothing, which insulates poorly when wet and dries slowly. Wear Hiking shoes or boots.


Take Along Appropriate Equipment & Supplies

A pack containing a map, rain gear, extra clothing, high energy food, water, first aid kit, pocket knife, whistle and matches in a waterproof container are recommended. Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent are also


Sign Trail Registers

This will assist in finding you should the need for a search arise.


In Case of an Accident

One person should remain with the injured person. The rest of the group should note the location and contact the New York State Forest Ranger or local law enforcement agency.


Dispose of Waste Properly

Follow this simple rule “Pack it in, pack it out.” Food containers and wrappers, cans, empty water bottles do not belong along the trail as litter. Deposit human waste in holes dug 6-8 inches deep at least 200’ from water and trails.


Respect Wildlife

Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow, approach, or feed animals. Control pets at all times.


Check for ticks

After the hike, make sure to check your skin for ticks. If you find a tick remove it. Take the tick to Herkimer County Public Health and have it tested for lyme disease.


Beware of poisonous plants!
Contacting Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac will result in a rash on your skin!






Herkimer County Trails

This site guide is an introduction to the trails of one of the most scenic areas in New York State, Herkimer County.


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