Excessive rainfall this week will leave trails susceptible to damage. Officials at DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) are asking visitors to help protect trails by using gravel surfaces when hiking, biking and/or horseback riding. According to the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall is expected throughout the week and could produce flooding, landslides, debris flow and downed trees.
With ongoing wet conditions, trail surfaces will be soft. Foot traffic, bicycles and equestrian users can cause erosion issues and rutting. Recreation Specialist Mary Smith says, “Gravel-surfaced roads and trails can tolerate use a bit more during inclement weather, preventing resource damage because the surface is more hardened by the gravel. Tread on natural dirt surface trails is at the highest risk for damage during inclement weather, with and without visitor traffic.”
During your visit to DSRF, please pay attention to signage or barricades related to any possible trail closures. Be aware that all trails will be wet and may contain downed debris. Use trails at your own risk.
Forest officials will continue to monitor conditions.
To report trail problems or for questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most trails and areas are now open. The Visitor Center, picnic shelters and public restrooms are closed. Portable toilets are available. Visitors can help keep the forest safe for everyone by following COVID-19 safety guidelines including stay 6 feet apart, follow posted guidelines and restrictions, bring your own supplies such as water and hand sanitizer, and be prepared to change your plans to avoid crowds. Click here for more information