We know...there’s something down that hill and off into the thicket that you really want to go check out. But you mustn't! Foot, and wheel, traffic off trails can cause damage to habitats, squash rare plants, and erode trails into waterways (see #3!). Widening trails, or creating new ones, take away management resources, putting parks in a pinch. So, please don’t cut your hike or the park short by taking shortcuts on those hairpin trail turns since that causes erosion too.