Know the Trail
Your safety is your top priority when you’re going off road, so you should never take it lightly.
Make sure you know the area and the route before you set off.
If you’ve never been on a specific trail before, spend some time studying maps of the route online and consider asking around local running stores for any insights about the area. If you’re running in a national or state park, call or visit the park ranger’s office to get the inside scoop about the trail. Rangers will know trail conditions, wildlife activity and the best places to stop and enjoy the views.
And whether you’re running, hiking or backpacking, always tell a friend or family member where you’re going and when you plan to be back. If you get lost and don’t check in around the time you planned to be done, your people can try to contact you or call for help.