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The Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob is our most popular property, enjoyed by hikers of all ages for its short climb and expansive view of Lake George.
Location: Pilot Knob Road, Fort Ann [view map]
Hike Length: 1.8 miles round-trip
Start Time: 10:15 am
Photo Time: 11:00 am
Approx. End Time: 11:45 am
The Pilot Knob hike will follow the orange trail from the preserve’s parking area for a steady ascent of 620 feet over a little over 1/2 mile to the gazebo and scenic lookout. The trail is rocky and has some steep sections, but hikers may avoid the upper half by choosing to follow its slightly longer southern loop for a softer foot bed to the gazebo. The gazebo and wide open field provides a resting point, where Hike-A-Thon participants will wait for the helicopter and photo op. Click here for brochure and trail guide.
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After more than a decade of planning and negotiation, the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob was added to the list of protected lands within the Lake George basin in August 2000. Originally, this parcel was illegally cleared, and a house and mile-long driveway were constructed. The five-acre house lot became a focal point throughout the south basin and around the lake because it disrupted the unbroken wilderness of the Pilot Knob range. Further proposed development would have greatly changed the quality and character of the entire basin. Clearly visible from nearly any point in the southern half of Lake George, the house and its outlying buildings scarred the once-pristine ridgeline and galvanized support for conservation. The property was subsequently confiscated by authorities and resold to the Zug family who stewarded the land for over ten years before selling it to LGLC. The gazebo is all that remains of the original buildings.
This property, first named the Pilot Knob Ridge Preserve, was renamed on August 9, 2010 at a dedication ceremony in honor of LGLC’s past executive director, Lynn LaMontagne Schumann, who was instrumental in its preservation. Lynn passed away from breast cancer in March, 2010.