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Important Notice to All Trail Users:
MUD SEASON STATUS
UPDATE: August 1, 2021 ALL CLEAR - trails are finally (mostly) dried up, see trail-by-trail status on Trailforks
The Grafton Land Trust welcomes you to use our many beautiful trails. We are pleased that you are able to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding on our properties, town-owned land, and Conservation Restricted properties.
When spring arrives, the freezing protection of ice and snow retreat and the rain combines with the soft ground to form MUD. Because of this, we ask that you refrain from riding, or even walking on muddy sections of the trails. The erosion caused by trail traffic during the mud season causes irreparable damage, creating ruts and permanently exposing rocks and roots.
Please be patient and responsible and allow the trails to dry and harden before using them. It’s a short time to wait for the benefits of keeping the trails in optimal condition.
Although mud season generally extends from mid March through mid April, we ask that you please be aware of, and make every effort to avoid muddy areas whenever they exist. We are confident that with your cooperation, the trails will remain in great condition for your use for years to come. The Grafton Land Trust thanks you!
Reporting and Viewing Trail-by-Trail Status
You can view detailed trail status report problems such as new muddy areas via the Trailforks app on your phone in just a few clicks. Land Trust volunteer Kricky Remillard wrote up some tips and tricks for using Trailforks in this handy Trailforks Training Info PDF).
Learn More About Protecting Trails
Read this great article about protecting the trails: Just Say "No" to Mud. It all comes down to this: frozen is good, hardpack is good ... but mud is bad.. Here are some of the basic rules for mountain biking on muddy trails: