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Safety on the Trail

The mission of Noble Trails is to promote the development of trails, connect communities, encourage healthy and active lifestyles, improve the quality of life, and provide opportunities to enjoy Indiana’s natural beauty. But it’s important to do that safely.

As more and more people use the trails, safety and courtesy to other users are vital.

Whether walking, running or riding on the trail, there are a few things you can do to make sure it's a safe and pleasant trip.

General Safety:

  • Share the trail. Try to stay to the right side of the trail, so that others coming up behind may pass you on the left.

  • Stay on the trail. Don’t venture into the woods, fields, yards, or other areas near the trail.

  • Only use the trails from sunrise to sunset.

  • Be vigilant. Watch for stop signs and look both ways before crossing roads. Keep an eye out for trail obstructions like downed tree limbs.

  • Be aware of loose debris on the trail. We are in a natural setting, so leaves, sticks, gravel, and the occasional squirrel are to be expected.

  • Keep all pets on a leash (and pick up after them).

  • Look for GPS signage to be added to the trails this year. These signs will be posted often, so if the need arises to call 911, you can provide the dispatcher with your exact GPS location.

  • Don’t toss your trash along the trail as you walk, run or ride.

  • There are no motorized vehicles or horses allowed on the trails.

  • Use caution when passing field access points created for farmers.

  • Stay hydrated. Be sure to bring water to drink, especially when you are venturing out on a hot day.