Leave No Trace

7 Leave No Trace Principles
Practice the 7 Leave No Trace Principles at every ourdoor recreation site you visit.

The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reposted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Take only memories & pictures, leave only footprints. It's a simple rule of thumb that allows your parks and recreation areas to thrive and be enjoyed by you and countless others who will come after you. We urge you to study and pass on the seven principles and most importantly, practice the seven principles whenever you visit any public recreation area.

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Remember: Removal, disturbance, destruction, or disfigurement of anything in the park is unlawful.

Learn more about The Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

NPS film cover
Click on the photo to view the film.

NPS Photo

Visitor Recreation in National Parks

View an NPS produced video about leaving no trace and the impacts of visitor recreation in the national parks.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

2038 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219


513 684-3262

Contact Us