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Park and trail etiquette: Dos and don’ts of visiting WV state parks


When it comes to spending time outdoors, park and trail etiquette will help you responsibly enjoy nature in a way that conserves the scenic beauty of our state parks so everyone can have a good time.

One of the best ways to make sure you’re practicing proper park and trail etiquette is simply following the seven Leave No Trace principals. Don’t know what it means to leave no trace? Here’s what you need to know:

Plan ahead and prepare
Travel and camp on durable surfaces
Dispose of waste properly
Leave what you find
Minimize campfire impacts
Respect wildlife
Be considerate of other visitors

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