Trails are an essential and delicate asset to parks, forests and state natural areas. When there are several people on a trail at once, it faces a greater risk of sustaining damage. Groups that wish to hike together should be aware of their potential impact on the quality of the trails, vegetation, wildlife habitats, campsites, water quality, and other hikers. Hiking groups should practice Leave No Trace principles and keep group size low (at or below 10 people).
If you are considering taking a school or other large group on a hike on state land, please contact the local VT FPR District for a Special Use Permit (see Contact Us for local office information).
For more information on group hiking best practices, visit the Green Mountain Club’s website.