Safe Park Use and Trail Etiquette During COVID19

Outside is open, and nature is not closed during COVID19. Brush up on these trail and park etiquette reminders to safely stay active and enjoy Fox Cities parks, trails, and nature preserves during this time.

Staying active, getting fresh air, and enjoying the outdoors in the Fox Cities can be beneficial for physical, mental, and emotional health during this time of coronavirus (COVID19). The Fox Cities offer hundreds of miles of trails, ample parks and greenspaces, and numerous nature preserves, which can be safely enjoyed during COVID19 with these tips:

  • Practice social distancing by being six feet apart from others.
  • Go with immediate family, those who you live with, or solo.
  • Follow nature preserve, trail, or park rules.
    - Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve Rules
    - Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Rules
    - 1000 Islands Environmental Center Reminders
    - Other trails and parks
    * Effective May 1, High Cliff State Park is open with under special conditions. Click here for details.
  • Go prepared for limited access to some trail, park, and preserve amenities.
    - Playgrounds are closed.
    - Most public restrooms and water fountains are closed.
    - Benches, overlook areas, campgrounds, nature centers, etc. may be closed or have limited access.
  • Wear a facemask if you are in a high-risk demographic or as a general precautionary measure.
  • If exhibiting symptoms, stay home. However, people with COVID19 may not exhibit symptoms, so it is important to practice all of the above guidelines even if feeling well.
  • If a trail or park is overcrowded, explore a different Fox Cities trail or park.

Trestle Trail, Fox Crossing/Menasha/Neenah

By following these safe trail and park use reminders, locals are able to still enjoy the outdoors in the Fox Cities this spring while also reducing the risk of COVID19 transmission when outdoors.

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