CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Visitors to the White Mountain National Forest this Memorial Day weekend are being encouraged to check the weather, stay safe, and pack food and other items responsibly as to not leave trash or attract bears.

Forest staff say hikers should check the website before venturing out for safety information and tips.

They also say if trailhead parking areas are overflowing onto the highway, then the hiking trail will be crowded and visitors are encouraged to look for a less crowded area.

Visitors also advised to bring back everything brought in, and leave no trace of their stay. They need to be aware of bears.

An influx of summer visitors last year during the coronavirus pandemic led to concerns about overcrowding and too much trash.