Safety Reminders

Always check trail conditions and the weather!

Trek Safely Every Season of the Year!

Cold weather hiking: Exhilarating but please stay safe!

Recommended reading & viewing:

Topics at the above link include black bears, moose, peregrine falcons (nesting), ticks (Lyme Disease) and rabies. 

Weather Forecast Websites

Make sure you check an up-to-date online weather forecast before heading out!

Safety on the Trail: Reminders

All the land crossed by the Long Trail is open to hunting during regular hunting seasons and many other VT trails cross hunting land.

It's hunting season. Be aware of hiking safety reminders!

Check the VT Dept of Fish and Wildlife website for

Black bear hunting season started Sept 1 in Vermont, and deer, turkey, and other seasons start in October. Hunting is allowed with a license on all GMC owned and managed lands, including along the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail corridors in Vermont. Be alert when hiking, and wear blaze orange to keep yourself (and your dogs) visible on the trail.  

(Above) GMC Director of Field Programs Keegan Tierney wearing his best safety gear as he heads into hunting season. 


Bringing increased risk of tick-borne illnesses.

Learn about Ticks in Vermont (from the Vermont Health Dept. website)

Especially useful are links from the above website, include:

The Vermont Department of Health warns residents to be vigilant against the rise of the deer tick population. Deer ticks are carriers of Lyme disease. The following is a list of precautions to take when heading outdoors:

Bathe or shower promptly after exposure (preferably within 2 hours) and use the opportunity to check for ticks. If found remove promptly and watch for symptomsRemember, tuck your pants into your socks and check for ticks after being outdoors.

Thank you for respecting seasonal habitat restrictions.