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A shout out to Forest Preserves at Cook County, River Forest, IL for the foundation of these concepts.

Biking Trail

The state of Michigan has put together a plan to enhance Michigan trails. You can find details regarding these goals and objectives on the Michigan Comprehensive Trail Plan, 2013 - 2018. TCPA encourages all trail users to share the trail appropriately.

Etiquette for All

Respect
If you offer respect, you are more likely to receive respect. All groups have rights and responsibilities to Tahquamenon country's trails and to each other. Be friendly and expect to see folks around every corner.
What does Yield Mean?
Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary, and pass in a safe and friendly manner.
Don't use wet trails.
If you are leaving prints (hoof, tire or shoe) the trail is too wet to use. When approaching muddy spots, go through the center of the mud to keep the trail narrow.
Stay on the trail.
Do not go off the trail (even to pass), create new trails or out switchbacks. Narrow trails mean less environmental impact and happier critters.
Don't block trails.
When taking a break, move to the side of the trail.
Pack it in and Pack it out!
Please put trash in its place.
Winter Trails Tip
If you see cross-country ski tracks, make skiers happy by staying out of them.

Trail Watch Program

We need your help! Become additional eyes and ears and help us keep the Tahquamenon country trails safe, healthy, and attractive for all our users. Just by going out and enjoying the trails, you can be a visible presence to help make our trails even more welcoming.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park Trails

The 38 miles of hiking trails in the Tahquamenon Falls State Park provide unique learning opportunities, and access to many types of outdoor recreational activities. Many of these single track trails traverse thru pristine, natural, and ecologically sensitive area, therefore ORVís, and Horses are not allowed and Bikes are only allowed within the less sensitive/developed areas. You can find more information on their website!

Walkers/Runners/Hikers

Biking Trail Walkers, runners, and hikers regularly use trails in Michigan for exercise and exploration, to walk their dogs, and as a way to get from Point A to Point B.

"On Your Left"
Faster trail users, Bikers, and equestrians, as well as runners, approaching from behind will often say "On your left." This means you should stay to your right.
Bikers yield to foot traffic.
It is the responsibility of cyclists to pass at a safe speed. Offer friendly communication to let the rider know when it's safe to pass; give verbal acknowledgement, step to the side of the trail, or wave the rider by on a wider trail.
Share the trail
When traveling in a group, remember to stay single file or take up no more than half the trail. Be sure everyone in your group understands what action to take when encountering hikers, runners, bikers, and horses.
Don't tune out.
If you wear headphones, keep the volume down or only wear one earpiece so other trail users don't startle you.
Keep a short leash.
Keep a short leash on your dog when passing (or being passed by) horses, cyclists or other foot traffic.
Yield to horses.
  1. Stay downhill. Spooked horses go uphill.
  2. Greet the rider. Horses can perceive hikers wearing tall backpacks as predators. Your voice confirms your humanity.
  3. Ask how to proceed. If hiking with a child, hold their hand when passing.

Equestrians

Biking Trail Equestrian Horse Trails are identified through a series of websites including the Michigan Horse Trail Directory

Inexperienced Trail Users
While all trail users yield to horses, may are intimidated by larges horses, or they just don't know what to do.
Manage Your Animals
Don't school green horses in high-traffic area. Familiarize horses with expected trail encounters (cyclists, dogs, backpack-wearing hikes, etc.)
Negotiate safe passage
  1. Greet users early. Hikers and bikers should yield to horses, but they may need your guidance.
  2. Be vocal and announce yourself on blind corners.
  3. Guide trail users to move downhill of the trail.
  4. Continue communication until the pass is complete.
  5. Expect the unexpected. Small children and animals can be unpredictable or easily frightened by horses.

Mountain Bikers

Biking Trail Approximately 905.8 miles of trails wind through the state of Michigan.

Surprised Trail Users
Fast moving users can startle others, especially when approaching from behind. Always ride under control, anticipate others and announce yourself around blind corners. In general, be friendly, communicative and aware of your surroundings. If you wear headphones, keep the volume down or only wear one earplace.
Mountain Bikers Yield
Mountain Bikers Yield to hikers, horses, and uphill traffic.
Passing Hikers
  1. Greet hikers early.
  2. Slow down to about the same speed as the hiker.
  3. Pass slowly and be prepared to stop if necessary.
  4. Expect the unexpected. Humans and animals can be unpredictable and easily spooked by cyclists.
Passing Cyclists
  • Announce your intention to pass with a friendly "Let me know when it's safe to pass."
  • Use the "single track yield" on a narrow trail - stop to the side, put one foot down and lean away from the trail.
Passing Horses
  1. Stop at least 30 feet from the horse.
  2. Greet the human and the horse to demonstrate that you are not a predator.
  3. Ask for instructions on how to pass safely. Offer to get of your bike.
  4. Pass slowly and steadily, but only after the equestrian gives you the go-ahead. Sudden movements can spook a horse.

Bicyclists

Biking Trail Trails are frequented by a variety of users traveling at different speeds, from walkers and joggers, to families with young children and bicycles.

Varying Speeds
Fast moving users can startle others, especially when approaching from behind. Always ride under control, anticipate other users, and be communicative and friendly. Pass on the left and say, "On your left."
Bikers Yield
Bikers yield to walkers and uphill traffic.
Passing Pedestrians
  • Greet pedestrians and slower riders early.
  • Slow down to about the same speed as the person you're passing.
  • Pass Slowly and be prepared to stop if necessary.
  • Expect the unexpected. Humans and animals can be unpredictable and easily spooked by cyclists.
Passing Cyclists
Announce your intention to pass with a friendly, "On your left."

Updated: 07.25.2015