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When playing in the outdoors it is important to understand your impact on the environment. It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand the laws, regulations, and techniques designed to sustain our great outdoors and ensure it is there for generations to come.

General Information

Leave No Trace is an national and international outdoor education program designed to assist enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski, or climb. The program strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations. Learn more about the simple Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.

First Aid Courses might be the most important classes you ever take. From basic first aid and CPR to Wilderness First Responder training, the Roanoke Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts courses throughout the year.

Biking Resources

Mountain Bike Rules of the Trail: These guidelines for trail behavior are recognized around the world. The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) developed “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary, depending on traffic conditions and the intended use of the trail.

Road Cycling Rules of the Road: When riding on roads bicycles are subject to the same laws as motor vehicles. Riders of all ages should use these tips to help ensure safe and legal bike operation. The law requires bicyclists to ride single file on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Guide to Bicycle Commuting in the New River and Roanoke Valleys: This guide from the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission presents common-sense solutions for casual riders. It addresses the concerns of bicycle commuters, who are generally using city streets and face special challenges of safety and viability during peak traffic times.

Bicycling Laws and Safety Tips: Learn about cycling laws and other great safety tips to keep you riding in Roanoke.

Paddling Resources

American Canoe Association: Know your limits before you get out on the water and make sure to make safety a priority.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries: Boating and paddling safety, registration, and education for the state’s lakes, rivers, and other waterways.

USGS Water Data: Current stream flow conditions from Virginia waterways so you know how high (or low) and fast (or slow) the water is moving before you head out.

Fishing & Hunting Resources

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