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Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Cary

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Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is a joint project between the North Carolina state park system and the Town of Cary in Wake County, North Carolina in the United States. Located in Cary, it covers approximately 140acres in the Research Triangle region of the state. The state owns 97acres of the preserve, known as Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area. The Town of Cary owns approximately 42acres of the preserve, and the town leases the state's land for management. The preserve protects a population of Eastern Hemlock trees and other vegetation more typically found further west, in the Appalachian Mountains. The tall, north-facing bluffs of Swift Creek provide conditions similar enough to the mountains to have allowed the plant communities to have survived here since the last ice age.The Stevens Nature Center is a nature center located on Cary's portion of the preserve, which provides the preserve's core visitor facilities. It provides information about the natural history of the area and the plants and animals that live in the Nature Preserve.The preserve has approximately 3 miles of hiking trails.
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  • We love taking our dog here for a long walk, or short since they have different trails. Not too strenuous but definitely burn some calories!  more »
  • Lovely well maintained trails. Great for dog walking, walking or running Wood chip paths are nicer than asphalt. Several trail options. Great for kids.  more »
  • We stopped by the park with our 2 and 3 yr old kids. The trails were well maintained and the nature center was informative and had engaging displays. I'm sure in spring and summer the scenery is even ...  more »
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  • A very pretty place to hike. You don't hardly know you are in town until you approach the boarders, then you might hear a little road noise, or leaf blowers running in the surrounding neighborhoods. Superbly maintained mulch trails make hiking easy and safe for all ages. Some locations require descending / ascending stairs, but there are trails with no stairs involved for those with accessibility needs.
  • This "nature preserve" is an excellent, shaded preserve with a few excellent walking / hiking trails. On the one side, there is a trail that goes down to the river with just enough steps to get you some exercise. The whole place is heavily shaded and just feels cooler than the rest of town. The other side has meandering trails that is pleasant to walk around in. The trails are always well maintained with mulch, which is easy on the feel and no roots to deal with. They partner with the scouts and others to have volunteers "mulch" the trails. There is a building where they have activities and a young kids play area. This is worth an hour or two of just walking around.
  • We love Hemlock Bluffs! There are two trail loops with numerous scenic overlooks, an education center, children's play area, and three separate gardens for exploring. My family participates in several different programs here through Town of Cary Parks & Recreation. 4 pokestops & 1 gym.
  • Beautiful natural scenery with lots of great educational opportunities for the public. Might be a good place for field trips.
  • Pretty park. Well maintained trails. Bathrooms at entrance. Educational programs.