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    Trail Safety and Etiquette

    By following these guidelines you will help ensure an enjoyable trail experience for a wide diversity of users.  Thank you 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 mobile 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 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 or in-line skating.
    • Use caution where trail narrows and at high-use access points.
    • Bicyclists stay on designated trail, two riders abreast maximum (single file if pedestrians are present).
    • Wheel Skiers/in-line skaters do not use sharp-tipped poles.
    • Skateboarders/in-line skaters stay on paved trail; no jumps or demonstration-type skateboarding/in-line skating.
    • Do not intentionally harm any plant or wildlife.
    • Organized Events Require Permits

    If your organization is planning an organized event, please contact Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department at (434) 455-5858 to obtain a Special Use Permit.

    Safety Markers
    For your safety and security, all sections of the James River Heritage Trail include safety markers.  These markers are located every quarter mile and denote linear distance and geographic location.  Because there are multiple sections of the James River Heritage Trail and thus duplicate linear distance locations, a unique, three-digit location number was created for every safety marker.  Should you have an emergency on the trail, please reference your distance from the closest safety marker (such as 300 feet east of SM 105) using the three digit location number marked in red at the bottom of each safety marker.

    Enjoy your visit!


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