Safely using TLC preserves during COVID-19

TLC nature preserves remain open every day from dawn to dusk right now amidst the covid-19 pandemic. But as more state parks are closed, it is more important than ever that people maintain a distance of six feet from each other and avoid crowding parking lots at TLC nature preserves. Time outside is important for physical and mental health, but we must all make an effort to do it safely! We’ve heard from so many of you that our trails have become even more important to you, and we want them to remain open. Here are a few guidelines adapted from the National Parks & Recreation Association that you should follow when hiking at our preserves:

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands and carry hand sanitizer. Do not use trails if you have symptoms. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, heavy breathing, etc.
  • Observe physical distancing of six feet from other people at all times. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike, hike, or run.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out. TLC does not have trash pickup at any of our preserves.

TLC staff members have noticed an increase in trash and dog waste bags at TLC preserves. Please do not leave trash, as it detracts from the experience for everyone. You must also have your dog on leash at all times on TLC preserves.

If conditions are wet, please check the status of Brumley South trails on TLC’s Facebook page and Triangle MTB. Please help us prevent erosion by respecting trail closings. Do not enter Brumley South or park along the side of the road if the gate and trails are closed.

Thank you for your support and for spending time in our beautiful nature preserves! It will take all of us acting responsibly so that these special places can remain open and provide stress relief during this time.

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