Take a Hike – Safely
Plymouth and Plymouth County have miles and miles of walking and hiking trails. Be prepared to carry-in/carry-out all your belongings and trash. The terrain ranges from flat to rolling drumlins, and hikers should always be prepared and follow the Hiker’s Responsibility Code: You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:
- With knowledge and gear. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
- To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.
- To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
- To turn back. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike.
- For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
- To share the hiker code with others.