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Thread: Trail open or closed?

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    Default Trail open or closed?

    Do we follow the sign at the trail head or the website when it comes to trails being open or closed. I'm itching to ride but I don't want to jack up any trails. I think its been covered before on the forums but I can't remember where and I'm kinda too lazy to search for it.
    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Board Position
    Trail Steward - Stephen's Park


    Website trumps trailhead signs. Thanks for being a responsible trail user.

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    If you're looking for a place to ride, Prairie Park in Geneseo dries fast and is open. Currently, there is about 1.3 miles of timber trail, and 2.5 miles of trail if you include the prairie. It needs traffic and some of the trails are still under construction. So, you'll have to be an adventurer, because it is not finished and does not have signs. Yet, I believe it is developed enough to give a person their trail fix in times of need. As far as site vs. signs, what Bill said.
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    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Hampton, IL
    Board Position
    Trail Steward - Illiniwek; Web Director


    This is a tricky question since it depends on the park/trail.

    At the parks where FORC has control of closures, the website will be the most accurate representation of trail conditions. These parks are: Sunderbruch, Stephens, Sylvan Island, Prairie Park, and Westbrook.

    At the parks where land managers control trail closures, the on-site signs are the final say: Scott County Park, Illiniwek, and, soon, Dorrance.

    That being said, if the web status doesn't seem right when you are at the park (first check the time stamp in the trail status app popup message before heading out to the trails), let us know and err on the side of caution to keep the trails rut free. We try to keep the trail app as current as possible, but sometimes there are a few hours of delay due to communication lag between land managers and trail stewards or when a FORC trail crew member can get out to change on-site signs (for FORC controlled closures).

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