Lake Conestee Nature Preserve is opening back up to the public.
The park’s reemergence from the coronavirus lockdown was announced in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon.
Starting Monday, May 18, all paved trails will be open and can be accessed from the park’s main entrance on Mauldin Road, said Sarah Whitmire, the park’s educator.
That includes the Swamp Rabbit Trail, which has been open since May 8, the Stone House Spur and the Sparkleberry Connector, Whitmire said.
Non-paved trails, however, will remain closed and are marked with yellow tape.
Whitmire said several ongoing construction projects have made those trails unsafe to pass. New rules and regulations for those natural surface trails are also forthcoming as the park continues to promote itself as a nature preserve, she said.
The park rebranded itself as a nature preserve in celebration of on its 20th anniversary earlier this year.
Lake Conestee Nature Preserve is a 400-plus acre wildlife sanctuary located in Greenville County. It’s been designated an Audubon Partner and an Important Bird Area of Global Significance.