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 140-acre (0.57 km2) in the Research Triangle region of the state. The state owns 97-acre (0.39 km2) of the preserve, known as Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area. The Town of Cary owns approximately 42-acre (0.17 km2) 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 there 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.
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  • We are fortunate to have some very nice parks and walking trails here in Cary. I am a regular visitor to Hemlock Bluffs ang highly recommend it as a nice place for a shaded nature walk on very well.....  more »
  • Well maintained and easy to social distance. Enjoyed a wonderful evening hike through many of the trails today on Fathers Day. Well maintained, even during these difficult times. Not at all crowded.....  more »
  • The Nature Preserve is so beautiful, and the trails are excellent. It really makes you forget there are busy streets anywhere near by. We took our dog for a great walk, and met a few nice people along the way. Even though there was a bit of snow on the ground, it still made for a great bit of exercise. I am excited to see what the other seasons look like!
  • Wonderful little park. Very shaded with easy trails (excluding a section of stairs). Museum/nature center is small but has some fun nature exhibits illustrating animals in their habitats. Trails are very well maintained and mulched. Hemlocks have a pretty neat story - not typically present in locations like this. Highly recommended for a fun nature filled afternoon.

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