Sycamore Land Trust Closing Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve For Now

(BLOOMINGTON) – Sycamore Land Trust has announced it is closing Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve near Lake Monroe on weekends because of too many visitors.

Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve, courtesy photo

The preserve on Rush Ridge Road is a popular trail but is seeing an increase in hikers since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Sycamore Land Trust’s primary mission is to preserve and restore natural lands, and we work diligently to make our beloved nature preserves open to the public,” the land trust said in its news release.

The preserve parking lot will be gated at 8 p.m. Friday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday each weekend. Besides a steel cable across the entry into the parking area, signs will be posted explaining the closure. The weekend closure is not permanent but will remain in effect for now. Another announcement will be given out when the closure ends.

Sycamore Land Trust has 15 other preserves that are open to the public. More information about those can be found at