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Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Cary

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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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  • Had some time to kill so visited to take a hike. Great trails with varied habitat and very nice staff. The visitors center had a very nice exhibit as well. 
  • 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 so...  read more »
  • We walk, run, take the grand kids there where they have fun. It is really relaxing, a few minutes from home. 
  • Very well maintained trails. This is an excellent park for short hikes with pets and children. Our toddler had no problem waking and running on the mulched trails.
  • Well maintained trails, great views. Wish there were more hemlocks along the trail!
  • Love the dirt/mulch trails! The paths could be a touch wider for walking side by side but overall a great park!
  • The trails are well maintained, but not very long. There are markers along the way to identify trees, plants, etc. The lookout areas are mostly obstructed, however. Great for a quick nature hike.
  • Good trails but I expected them to be longer. It took about two hours to do all the trails. This would be good for kids.
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