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Trail Blazes and Markers

(Thanks goes to the Spirit of the Woods Chapter for most of this web page!)


Straight Ahead! Sharp Right Turn  Sharp Left Turn 

Trail goes straight:  Single blue rectangle (paint or metal)

Sharp right turn:  two blue rectangles, one on right is higher than the left one

Sharp left turn:  two blue rectangles, one on right is lower  than the left one

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NCNST Triangle Emblem (certified trail)


Blue Blaze       

Can you spot the blue blaze on the tree?  (Click anywhere on the image for a hint.)

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Sometimes you will see this. 

Why: The national standard for blazing the NCNST has been agreed upon to be painted rectangles in a light but bright blue. 

Paint: The paint selected is Nelson Boundary Marking Paint- blue. It is durable, formulated for use on trees, and it is lead-free. Where can you get the correct paint?  Make sure you choose Boundary paint.

How To:  See Blazing for Beginners by Bill Menke on the NCTA Web site.


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