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Trail Safety Tips

The following trail safety tips can help you have a safe, enjoyable experience on Montgomery Parks’ trails.

 Your safety is our concern. Program the Park Police Emergency number 301-949-3010 into your cell phone before you leave. Enjoy your visit!

Trail Safety Tips

  • Never walk alone and always let someone know where you are going.
  • Be very observant of your surroundings and of other people. Avoid areas where visibility is poor and don’t wear headsets.
  • Wear reflective material and carry a whistle or noisemaker.
  • Don’t leave valuable items in plain view inside of your car. Leave them at home or lock them in your trunk prior to arriving at your destination.
  • Trust your instincts. Don’t walk where you feel uncomfortable.
  • Park in well-lit, heavily traveled areas if possible.
  • When you approach your car, have your key ready and check the floor and the back seats before you get in.
  • Remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way. All trail users should stay to the right on the trail. Pets should be kept on a leash, and owners must clean up after their pets.
  • Be sure to carry identification (which includes name, phone number, and pertinent medical information), and record your bicycle serial number. Carry coins for phone calls, or take a cell phone along (completely charged). Know the locations of phone booths and open businesses in the vicinity you’ll be traveling.
  • Trails are available for use from sunrise to sunset each day.
Last Updated: September 16, 2016