What to Bring
Items to bring include:
- Water (a minimum of two quarts per person per day)
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Compass or GPS
- Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
- Pocket knife
Leave No Trace
The District requests all users of District lands to follow the seven Leave No Trace Principles. These are not regulations but guidelines to help natural area users make informed decisions, so they may leave the area as beautiful and as natural as they found it.
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors
Tips for Watching Wildlife
The ultimate wildlife viewing experience is watching animals in their normal environment. Here are some helpful tips to become a wildlife-friendly viewer.
Use the right tools.
Carry a field guide and a pair of binoculars.
Watch at dawn and dusk.
This is the time when most wildlife species are active enough to view.
Keep your distance.
Stay on established trails and maintain a distance that is comfortable for the wildlife.
Move slowly and quietly to increase your chance of viewing wildlife and to avoid stressing the animals you wish to watch.
Do not feed wildlife.
There is plenty of food available in the wild. Human food can cause digestive problems, provide improper nutrition, and can even kill an animal.
The Gar Pond Tract is closed Mondays through Fridays for land management activities. Read On...
Individual and small group day use of District lands will continue. However, groups larger than 10 people are prohibited on all District lands as of March 18, 2020. Goose Pasture individual camp and group camp sites are closed as of March 23, 2020. Read On...
District lands in Lake City on Country Club Road are closed to public access. Read On...