Some really good information from the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy:
Trails and outdoor spaces are seeing major spikes in usage across the country, as individuals and families look to these assets for daily physical activity and mental respite in the wake of COVID-19. As America’s business, social and cultural hubs shutter their doors to weather the coronavirus pandemic, many public health experts have discussed the importance of being active in the outdoors—as long as we maintain a safe social distance.
Dramatic increases in visitation are being recorded across the United States; an analysis of 31 trail counters for the week of March 16–22 by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) found a nationwide trail usage increase of nearly 200% from that same week in 2019. This surge in trail use is forcing trail managers to take fast action to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among their constituents while encouraging careful and…(more)
“When you get out to a trailhead and it’s packed—don’t go on it. If you are out there, and you realize you are not able to maintain that safe social distance of 6 feet, turnaround. If you start to feel unsafe at any point, turn back.”
—Gabriel Avila-Mooney, King County Parks in Washington