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COVID-19 and the SHT: What you need to know

Updated February 8, 2021

As we respond to the evolving health concerns related to the COVID-19/Coronavirus global pandemic, our priority is the health and well-being of our trail users, volunteers, staff, and the broader Superior Hiking Trail community. 

Our staff and board are paying close attention to the information and guidance related to COVID-19 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health. We will continue to monitor these resources for updates in order to develop plans and policies to preserve the health of our trail community and prevent the spread of the virus. 

Do your part to keep the Superior Hiking Trail a safe place to recreate.

Below are a few helpful tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while enjoying the outdoors. These tips come from the most current guidance available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). This guidance is based on the Governor’s recent Executive Order 21-01, which has been in effect since January 10, 2021.

The SHTA is requesting all trail users follow these rules and considerations moving forward:

  • Consider exploring parks and trails close to home. Minnesotans are discouraged from engaging in unnecessary and out-of-state travel, and long-distance hikes are not recommended at this time. 
  • If you decide to travel to the SHT, please do your part to prevent spreading the virus: minimize your stops along the way, wear a face mask, wash and sanitize your hands, bring your supplies with you, and don’t travel if you’re sick.
  • Practice social distancing, and stay at least six feet away from people from other households while on the Trail. Outdoor socially distanced gatherings are limited to a maximum of three households or 15 people, with the exception of events permitted by other agencies such as the DNR or the City of Duluth.
  • Campsites and campfires may be shared by a maximum of three households or 15 people. Additional group size limits may apply in areas like the Superior National Forest. Please avoid congregating in other common areas like trailheads, parking areas, and overlooks. 
  • Plan ahead for limited hours and closed facilities. The usual amenities — like bathrooms, warming houses, and visitor centers — may not be open to the public. Call ahead and be as self-sufficient as possible. 
  • Be kind to fellow trail users. These are challenging times for everyone, but being kind and courteous to others will help keep the SHT a safe, welcoming place to get outside. That includes keeping your pet on a leash and stepping aside to maintain social distance when passing on the Trail.
  • Get creative to support small, local businesses along the SHT. The shops, restaurants, and lodges along the SHT provide much-needed support for trail users. If you can’t shop or visit in person, shop online or buy a gift card to use next time you come through. Consider shopping with businesses who support the SHT, and check out the SHTA’s online shop for locally-made gifts.  
  • As always, check Trail Conditions before you go.

Helpful COVID-19 Resources and Updates from partner agencies

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Duluth Parks and Recreation

US Forest Service

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

American Hiking Society

NOLS