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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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  • Lovely scenery, peaceful, quiet, easy access and plenty of parking. It is an easy trail and you can take a stroller  more »
  • This area is great for hikers young and old. It has easy hiking trails as well as one that will get your heart pumping. Just as all around great place to enjoy the beauty of being outdoors among natur...  more »
  • Nice small park in stw western part of Cary. Plenty of trails and quiet stream running thru the bottom of the park  more »
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  • I took my dog for a walk here. The whole trail is completely shaded which is a plus, but there were A LOT of bugs, mosquitoes, etc. so bug spray is necessary. There are also a lot of stairs (around 75) so if you have an older dog or a dog with arthritis, then I would take that into consideration. Other than the stairs, the walk was pretty moderate.
  • I have had the priviledge of experiencing hemlock bluffs from the perspective of a teacher on a field trip and mom whose children and going to camp or go for a walk. Every interaction with the staff has been nothing but exceptionally pleasant and helpful. Love this place.
  • Great place to walk some trails and hang out. The trails are fairly easy, nothing rigorous, unless you count the stairs going back up haha Will definitely be stopping here again!
  • Really nice. The trails are a bit short, but they're nearly all completely shaded. There are a lot of bugs though.
  • Hemlock bluffs is lovely and quiet with a gentle and relaxing vibe. The trails are easy. Fewer birds and wildlife than you might expect.

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