Leave No Trace Hiking

What is "Leave No Trace"?

We practice the 7 basic guideline of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.

The seven principles of the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics are:

1. Plan ahead and prepare as much as possible. When you don't have the facts about where you are going or what to expect, you're more likely to cause or run into problems in the backcountry.

2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Stay on the trail and don't cut switchbacks.

3. Dispose of waste properly. Bury or pack out excrement. Pack out all trash and food waste, including that left behind by others. Do not bury trash or food, and do not try to burn packaging materials in campfires.

4. Leave what you find. Don't take flowers or other sensitive natural resources. Don't disturb historical artifacts such as cellar holes and arrowheads.

5. Minimize campfire impacts. Know local regulations, which may prohibit fires.

6. Respect wildlife. Don't feed or disturb wildlife. Store foods properly to avoid attracting bears and rodents.

7. Be considerate of others on the trail.

Leave No Trace is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike. The program strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations.

Table of Contents

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Leave No Trace Hiking July 2, 2013 1:30 PM Kellie C.
Hiking and Trail Etiquette July 2, 2013 1:17 PM Kellie C.
Gear Information and What to Bring July 2, 2013 1:14 PM Kellie C.
Fees and Refunds Information October 9, 2014 5:37 AM Kellie C.
Trail Notes - Accotink Trail Directions March 11, 2014 6:12 PM Ken S
About Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group September 10, 2014 12:53 PM Kellie C.

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