Trail Blazes and Markers
(Thanks goes to the
Spirit of the
Woods Chapter for most of this web page!)
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
NCNST Triangle Emblem
Can you spot the blue blaze on the tree?
(Click anywhere on the image for a hint.)
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
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
Blazing for Beginners by Bill Menke on the NCTA