After careful consideration, the LGLC has decided to close the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob starting 4/9/20. This was not an easy decision, as we know the Schumann Preserve is a very special place to many people. However, protecting the natural resources of the preserve and the health and safety of our visitors has always been our priority.
Recently, the parking lot and street have been overwhelmed by vehicles, and the trails have been packed with hikers. These conditions make compliance with social distancing rules and other regulations enacted by the State impossible. This continuous overuse is also placing a strain on the natural resources of the preserve.
Therefore, the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob be closed to the public as of Thursday, April 9th. No vehicles will be permitted to park in the parking lot or along the street, and no hikers will be allowed on the trails. Vehicles parked in the lot or on the road may be ticketed and/or towed. Large groups of unrelated hikers may be subject to fines of $1,000 pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order related to social distancing.
Please know that we at the LGLC close the Schumann Preserve with a heavy heart. We are in the business of protecting the land that protects the lake and we open our land so that people may enjoy it and have access to the great outdoors. Unfortunately, we are in historic times, and these times require us to take quick action to protect the public – even if that means a temporary halt to enjoying our land.
Hopefully, this will be over soon and we will re-open the preserve. In the meantime, we encourage you to get outside and recreate locally, in your own backyard or by taking walks through your neighborhood, and follow the rules of social distancing. The LGLC is continuing the work of protecting the land that protects the lake through these difficult times. Please remember that the lake and the land will be here for you when this is all over.
Thanks so much for your patience and understanding and for your support. Stay safe and healthy.