During Mud Season, Vermonters Urged to Stay off Some Trails

Published 04/25 2014 09:26PM

Updated 04/25 2014 10:12PM

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Vermont State Parks asks you to stay off some trails for a few more weeks.

"There's a lot of rain in the Spring. There's a lot of snow melt which creates for a lot of muddy situations especially in the higher elevations," says Shane Prisby, Vermont State Parks seasonal trails coordinator.

Prisby says people hiking in muddy conditions can cause damage. That's why he suggests heading to other parks including Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester

"They are really great walking trails and there can be a lot of people here and you never run into anyone," says Jenn Grenier, who visited the park.

Besides possible mud, Prisby says the trails in the region look like they're in good shape. He just asks you stay off trails in higher elevations for a few more weeks.

"The more you put respect into the trails and we take care of them, especially in these particurarly fragile times just means it's going to be a better experience when the season opens for everybody and years to come," says Prisby.

Vermont State Parks says Memorial Day is when all trails reopen.

For mud season hiking guidelines and places to hike now, CLICK HERE.

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