By Cecilia Nasmith
The upcoming change of seasons is bringing seasonal trail restrictions in Northumberland Forest, and the county has issued a press release reminding users of the timing in play.
From Nov. 1 through May 15, motorized vehicles are prohibited on all trails.
From Dec. 1 through March 31, Beagle Club trails are reserved for cross-country skiing only. Other non-motorized users (hikers, snowshoers, horseback riders, bikers) are invited to make use of the Woodand Trails across from Woodland Road. The Carstairs Universal Trail on Bowmanton Road is also open during this time for hiking and showshoeing.
Forest manager Todd Farrell stated in the press release that the wet fall weather can cause severe trail damage that may well be worsened by motorized vehicles.
“An eroded trail is dangerous for other trail users, costly to repair, and can impede emergency access,” Farrell added.
“In addition, non-ski activities on the Beagle Club trails after Dec. 1 reduce the quality of the ski trail.
“We ask for the public's help in taking care of this important community resource so that we can maintain the health of the forest and preserve the trails for proper community use year-round.”