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

Updated March 27, 2020

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/coronavirus provided by the World Health OrganizationCenters 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. 

As of March 27, 2020, our recommendation to SHT users is to “hike in place”. Click here to read more details on our most recent recommendation.

For the foreseeable future, we ask that you stay safe, sane, and sanitized — and do what you can to prevent the spread of the virus in our trail community and in the many communities along our Trail. 

  • If you are sick with any illness stay home. If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19/Coronavirus and have had contact with our staff or volunteers, please notify us at [email protected].
  • Avoid large gatherings and events, and practice good hygiene and social distancing. (We know trail users are experts at social distancing — keep it up!)
  • Follow the guidance of public health authorities and share best practices with others in our community. If travel restrictions or guidance to take shelter at home are put in place, please follow them. 
  • Remain calm — large leaf aster, nature’s TP, will soon be back in season! 

As always, please check Trail Conditions before you go and practice common courtesy and Leave No Trace while you’re on the Trail. A friendly reminder: keep your dogs on-leash and under control at all times. 

Recent Updates from SHTA

SHTA COVID-19 Update: March 27, 2020

SHTA COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2020

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