Trails and COVID-19

shoreline at Salt Bay Farm

Guidelines for going out

The state of Maine has issued a stay-at-home order as of April 2, 2020. During this strange and stressful time, many of us are heading outside to find comfort, health and well-being. It is important that we also do our part to protect the health of our community. Please use the following guidelines when using public preserves:

Make the health of everyone in your community your priority.

Go out only if you’re feeling healthy and you have not had close contact with anyone who is sick.

Stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times.

Step off the path to let others pass if needed. Shorten the time you spend at kiosks, viewpoints, rest spots and picnic areas to ensure everyone can access these areas safely.

Know before you go

There’s a chance some trails may be closed because of overcrowding. Before you leave your house, make sure you know the status of the trail you are visiting.

If the parking lot is full, the preserve is full.

Have a Plan A, B and C. If your first choice trail is full, go to the next trail on your list. See our list of preserves here, with less crowded preserves highlighted in yellow.

Go early in the morning or in the later in the afternoon to avoid peak times, and keep your visit brief. Consider exploring your own backyard and neighborhood!

Be prepared

There are no trailhead restrooms or other facilities at Coastal Rivers preserves. Pack snacks and water and dress for unpredictable spring weather in Maine.

Don’t carpool with non-household members.

Engage in low-risk activities

Now is not the time to try something extreme and end up in the hospital, taxing an already taxed health care system.

Leash your dog

Dogs are members of your household and may also transmit the virus (and most standard leashes are 6 feet in length).


Learn what Coastal Rivers is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.