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A.H. Stephens State Park
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Leave No Trace
Visitors to Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites are asked to abide by
Leave No Trace
principles. These guiding principles help us protect our natural and cultural resources and preserve them for others to enjoy too!
Seven Principles of Leave No Trace:
Know Before You Go
Be prepared! Remember food and water, and clothes to protect you from cold, heat and rain.
Use maps to plan where you’re going. Check them along the way so you’ll stay on course and won’t get lost.
Remember to bring a leash for your pet and plastic bags to pick up your pet’s waste.
Learn about the areas you plan to visit. Read books, check online and talk to people before you go. The more you know, the more fun you’ll have.
Stick to Trails and Camp Overnight Right
Walk and ride on designated trails to protect trailside plants.
Do not step on flowers or small trees. Once damaged, they may not grow back.
Respect private property by staying on designated trails.
Camp only on existing or designated campsites to avoid damaging vegetation.
Good campsites are found, not made. Don’t dig trenches or build structures in your campsite.
Trash Your Trash and Pick Up Poop
Pack it in, Pack it out. Put litter—even crumbs, peels and cores—in garbage bags and carry it home or to a garbage can.
Use bathrooms or outhouses when available. If not available, bury human waste in a small hole 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet or 70 big steps from water.
Use a plastic bag to pack out your pet’s poop to a garbage can.
Keep water clean. Do not put soap, food, or human or pet waste in lakes or streams.
Leave It As You Find It
Leave plants, rocks and historical items as you find them so others can enjoy them.
Treat living plants with respect. Carving, hacking or peeling plants may kill them.
Be Careful With Fire
Use a camp stove for cooking. Stoves are easier to cook on and create less impact than a fire.
If you want to have a campfire, be sure its permitted and safe to build a fire in the area you’re visiting. Use only existing fire rings to protect the ground from heat. Keep your fire small.
Remember, a campfire isn’t a garbage can. Pack out all trash and food.
Before gathering any firewood, check local regulations.
Burn all wood to ash and be sure the fire is completely out and cold before you leave.
Keep Wildlife Wild
Observe wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed or follow them.
Human food is unhealthy for all wildlife and feeding them starts bad habits.
Protect wildlife and your food by securely storing your meals and trash.
Share Our Trails and Manage Your Pet
Be considerate when passing others on the trail.
Keep your pet under control to protect it, other visitors and wildlife.
Listen to nature. Avoid making loud noises or yelling.
You will see more wildlife if you are quiet.
Be sure the fun you have outdoors does not bother anyone else.
Remember, other visitors are there to enjoy the outdoors too.
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. The Center achieves its mission through education, research and partnerships.
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