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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  • Hemlock Bluffs is a wonderful place to visit when you seek peace and quiet and enjoy the beautiful nature (fauna and flora) that surrounds you there during a walk/hike/run. There are a variety of inte...  more »
  • Nice little park off the beaten path, never seems to be crowded, and you can usually find some solitude, despite the smallish nature of the park.  more »
  • Visited the Preserve mid morning on Monday in Dec and literally had the place to ourselves. Went with my daughter and grandkids as they showed me some of the local nature in the Apex/Cary area. The tr...  more »
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  • Very comfortable facilities / trails to walk. Wide, well maintained paths easy to navigate in pretty scenery. So easy to enjoy and to make a healthy afternoon in nature. Stair climbing required due to the terrain, but if taken slowly there's a lot of open comfy paths to enjoy.
  • A great place for a walk in the woods. I got some great photos of freshly blooming Jack-in-the-pulpit. Trails are very well maintained and great for young and old! Friendly and knowledgeable staff can help identify plants and animals.
  • A little slice of how hilly and gorgeous this area was before development. This place is superb at running programs to develop knowledge of nature and its processes in all age groups. Well maintained trails, quiet during week, nice elevation changes. Gorgeous.
  • A great way to burn some calories with your dog. Mulch coated trails help reduce mud and are easy on your joints. Well maintained and when the leaves are on the trees a way to walk or run while largely in the shade.
  • Beautiful park. Much less foot traffic compared to Lake Johnson trails. The mulch trails were different and felt a little safer than concrete.
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