Social Distancing on the Trails
For the most up-to-date information, please visit our COVID-19 update page.
In this time of great uncertainty, heading outdoors to local preserves and trails is a great way to reduce stress levels and stay healthy. If you want to get outside, your first choice should be to stay close to home.
Outdoor adventures need to be safe. The emergency response community, including Maine Forest Rangers and IF&W Wardens, has its hands full. Accidents on the trail and in the woods create unnecessary strain on our first-responders.
We ask all trail users & preserve visitors to adhere to the following guidelines when visiting LELT preserves and trails:
- If the parking lot is full, the trail is full. Have a plan B and C. Consider waiting or seeking another place to be outdoors. Visit www.mainetrailfinder.com or click here for a full list of places we protect.
- Do not use the trails if you have symptoms, have traveled recently, or have been exposed to a known or suspected case of COVID-19. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, bring hand sanitizer.
- Stay six feet away from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk or hike.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times.
- Be prepared. Trail conditions vary wildly from preserve to preserve and from parking lot to summit. Wear or carry traction and poles if you have them, always have adequate water, snacks, and layers.
- Stay within your comfort zone- don’t be afraid to turn around. Stick to easy trails to avoid injury and further stress on the local healthcare system.
- Keep dogs on the leash. This will prevent inadvertent close contact with others.
- Practice Leave No Trace. Carry in, carry out. There is no trash service at any of our preserves.
Preserves Conducive to Maintaining Physical Distance
** If the parking lot is full, please do not visit the preserve. Have a plan B or come back at a different time.
- Crooked River Preserve at Intervale – Harrison
- Peabody-Fitch Woods – South Bridgton
- Perley Pond-NW River Preserve – Sebago
- Perley Mills Community Forest (Easement, owned by towns of Sebago and Denmark)
- Get Outside – Stay local!
- When in doubt, stay in your backyard or neighborhood! Check out these activities to keep kids entertained.
- Guidance from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
- Maine Trail Finder COVID-19 Guidelines