Skills & Techniques

Leave No Trace Tips for Mountain Biking

Guest - March 14, 2016

Ocala, FL: Heading out on a trail ride? Check out these Leave No Trace tips before heading out on your adventure!

Plan Ahead and Prepare: check with land managers, local bike shops, local cycling groups and for the most up-to-date trail information.

Stick to the Trail: for biking, durable surfaces include established trails, authorized slick rock areas, dirt roads, and pavement. Check local regulations to see if off-road travel by bike is allowed.

Dispose of Waste Properly: Use restroom facilities before hitting the trail. Otherwise bring along a trowel and dig a cat hole 6-8 inches deep at least 200 feet away from water sources and trails. Cover and disguise the cat hole when finished.Leave 

Leave What you Find: Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Check your clothing, bike, and equipment before and after each ride for seeds. Wash your bike between rides.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors: Travel on designated bike trails. Respect land management by avoiding travel over trails where biking is prohibited. Respect other trail users and protect the quality of their experience.

Enjoy the trail!


Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East


Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, ENO, Deuter, and SmartWool.


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