Rules of the Trail

  • All unauthorized motorized vehicles are excluded from all sections of the trail.   Motorized wheelchairs are permitted. 

  •  Stay to the right.

  • Carry out what you carry in!   Litter receptacles are provided only in high traffic parking areas and where there are picnic tables.

  •  Do not disturb wildlife or make fires.  

  • Smokers should not dispose of butts or ashes into the forest.

  • Vandalism and graffiti should be reported to the Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 870-3520.  Please state if there is any material that some people would find objectionable.  Timeliness is important.  Immediate removal discourages future like action.

  • Vernon trails are not restricted to Vernon residents. 

  • Obey posted signs.

  •  There is a uniformed Park Ranger.  He is there to assist you, maintain order and is authorized to issue tickets for ordinance violations.

  • Please be courteous to others at all times.

Dog Owners:

  •  Leash laws are in effect in Vernon (Ordinance #233).  Dog owners should have their dog on a leash and under their control at all times.  Twenty-five dollar fine for each violation.

  • Pooper Scooper laws are in effect in Vernon (Ordinance #232).  Dog owners shall remove all feces deposited before leaving the immediate area.  Twenty-five dollar fine for each violation.

Horseback Riders:

  • Horses are allowed on Rails to Trails and Valley Falls but not allowed on the pure hiking sections.

  • Allow horses to pass.

  • Owners are responsible for their animalís safe control at all times.

  • Riders should pass other trail users with verbal warning and extreme caution.

  • Clean up any manure.


  • Bicycles including mountain bikes are allowed on Rails to Trails, but are restricted from Valley Falls and all other hiking trails.

  • Stay to the right side of the trail except for passing.

  • Ring a bell or speak to announce your presence to others.

  • Slow down and use care around others.

  • Wear a helmet!

Cross-country skiers

  • Ski on right side.

  • Announce your presence to others.