Your safety depends on your own good judgement, adequate preparation, and constant attention:
The following factors often result in hiking emergencies:
Encounters With Bears
Bear pepper spray may be carried by hikers for the strict purpose of protection against bodily harm from aggressive wildlife. It should not be applied to people, tents, packs, other equipment or surrounding area as a repellent. Bear pepper spray is a chemical formula designed specifically to deter aggressive or attacking bears. It must be commercially manufactured and labeled as "Bear Pepper Spray" and be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and individual states. Bear spray must contain between 1% to 2% of the active ingredients capsaicin and related capsaicinoids.
Ticks may also be encountered on trail. Be sure to thoroughly check your skin, including your scalp, and clothing for ticks after hiking.
Treat All Drinking Water
Ice and Wet Leaves
Trees and Limbs
Sharing the Trails
While parkway trails can offer peace and tranquility, it is likely that you will encounter other visitors enjoying a variety of recreational activities.
Last updated: May 6, 2016