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Trail Safety & Etiquette

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By following these guidelines you will help ensure an enjoyable trail experience for a wide diversity of users. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather
  • Let friends know where you are going and when you plan to return
  • Carry a cell phone
  • Plan your route and allow plenty of time to complete your activity
  • Pace yourself and avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day
  • Make sure your bike is in good mechanical condition
  • Hike or bike with a friend
  • Take along a small flashlight
  • Be aware of your surroundings, including safety markers, trail names and access points
  • During warm weather check for ticks after every hike or ride
  • Poison ivy is common, so learn how to recognize and avoid it
  • Leave valuables at home and not in your vehicle
  • Report suspicious behavior or vandalism to the Police


  • Observe all trail rules and signs
  • Keep on the right, pass on the left and yield to faster moving users
  • Signal slower moving trail users when approaching
  • Wear a helmet when cycling, skateboarding, scootering or in-line skating
  • Use caution where trail narrows and at high-use access points
  • Bicyclists stay on the designated trail, two riders abreast maximum and single file if pedestrians are present
  • Skateboarders/in-line skaters stay on paved trail; no jumps or demonstration-type activities
  • Do not intentionally harm any plant or wildlife
  • Organized events require a Special Event Permit

If your organization is planning an organized event, please contact Tyler Parks and Recreation Department at (903) 531-1370.