On the Trail

Do's and Don'ts

Junction & Breakwater Trail and Gordons Pond Trail Do's and Don'ts

The trails are multi-use. Whether biking, running, or walking, stay to the right and follow basic trail courtesies. Cyclists should always yield to pedestrians.

Stay on the marked trail. Stepping off the trail and into unauthorized areas may damage delicate plant and animal species which are critical to maintaining the ecosystem.

Do not disturb the wildlife. Remember, when you are in nature, you are the visitor.

Practice these principles of Leave No Trace:

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

If you turn over rocks or logs, be sure to replace them as you found them. Many animals use these objects as habitats.

Do not remove any naturally occurring items from the trail. If you see it there, it belongs there.

Poison ivy and ticks may be prevalent in some areas. Take proper precautions:


Poison ivy

  • Learn how to identify this plant so you can easily avoid it
  • Wear protective clothing (long socks, boots, long pants, etc.)
  • If exposed, gently wash your skin or your pet’s fur with soap and water as soon as possible
  • Clean all exposed objects thoroughly (clothing, shoes, jewelry, etc.)




  • Ticks inhabit high grass, brush, and heavily wooded areas. Stay on the trail to minimize contact
  • If possible, wear long clothing, and tuck pant legs into long socks
  • Promptly examine both your body and your pet’s body after using the trail – check also for ticks that may have attached to your clothing or hiking gear
  • Shower soon after coming indoors to wash away unattached ticks

During the summer, you may encounter mosquitos, deer flies, or greenhead flies in woodlands and marshy areas. Take proper precautions, and wear long clothing if possible to discourage bites.

Delaware State Parks are “carry-in, carry-out” parks, so no trash cans are provided for guest use. Please plan accordingly.

Carry plenty of water. In the heat of summer, your body may dehydrate much faster than you expect.

Carry and apply sunscreen, even in rainy or cloudy weather. Clouds do not block the sun’s UVA and UVB rays from penetrating your skin.

Check the local weather forecast prior to enjoying the trail. A sunny morning does not guarantee a sunny or thunderstorm-free afternoon.

Be sure to tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you plan to return. Always carry a charged cell phone in case of an emergency.

Leashed dogs are permitted on the trails, though basic canine courtesies apply:


  • Honor all signs prohibiting pet entry into specific areas
  • Do not let your dog wander off the trail, as this may damage fragile plant and animal life
  • Bring plenty of water for your dog to drink
  • Carry waste bags to curb your dog – unless a dog-waste composting receptacle is available, you must always clean up after your dog and take its waste out with you
  • Please note that service dogs are permitted in all pedestrian areas

Also read: Our guide to Bike Safety

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