Millennium and Elm Lick Trails are closed today due to heat advisory.

Essential Tips for a Safe Summer Adventure in the Forest

By Bernheim

Summer is upon us, inviting everyone to step outside and relish the season’s vibrant beauty. At Bernheim, the forest transforms into a lush, green haven filled with the croaks of bullfrogs, the whistles of Bobwhite quails, and the delightful aroma of blooming flowers. With over 40 miles of hiking trails, Bernheim offers endless opportunities for adventure. Here’s how to ensure your summer exploration is both fun and safe.

First, gear up appropriately. Bernheim’s diverse terrain requires sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes for optimal comfort and safety. Dress in light, breathable clothing to keep cool during your hike. Hydration is key, so bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up before hitting the trails. While water fountains are being reactivated post-pandemic, some may still be under maintenance.

  • Wear Proper Footwear: Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes recommended for rough terrain.
  • Dress Lightly: Light and breathable clothing to stay cool.
  • Stay Hydrated: Bring a reusable water bottle as some water fountains might still be under maintenance.

Sunscreen and bug spray are essentials. Even in the shade, UV rays can harm your skin, and the forest is home to many insects, including ticks. Protect yourself with insect repellent and make sure to do a thorough tick check after your hike to avoid bringing any unwanted visitors home.

  •  Apply Sunscreen: UV rays can reach you even in shaded areas.
  •  Use Bug Spray: Protect against ticks and other insects.
  •  Tick Check: Perform a thorough check for ticks after hiking.


Safety is Bernheim’s top priority. Some trails, like the Millennium Trail, will be closed when the heat index hits 90+ degrees or during severe weather. Always check Bernheim’s website before heading out to ensure your chosen trail is open. The last thing you want is to be turned away due to unforeseen closures.

  • Check Trail Status: Verify trail openings on Bernheim’s website before heading out.
  • Be Weather-Wise: Trails may close during extreme heat or severe weather.

Now that you’re prepared, lace up your shoes, apply sunscreen, and grab your bug spray. Get ready to embark on a summer adventure at Bernheim. The trails are waiting, ready to offer you a memorable experience amidst the natural splendor. Happy hiking!

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