Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Ritter Park, and Swift Creek Bluffs

Cary, North Carolina

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Hemlock Bluffs is a state nature preserve that is managed by the Town of Cary through a lease arrangement with the state of North Carolina. The bluffs, which harbor a disjunct population of Eastern hemlock, divide the preserve into upland areas with pines, mixed pine-hardwood and oak-hickory woodlands, and the floodplain along Swift Creek. Elevated observation platforms allow for good treetop-level birding, which is advantageous during spring migration.The Swift Creek Loop Trail takes you through a brief stretch of mature oak and hickory woodlands with canopy gaps before you get to the bluffs, which can yield looks at Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos and Scarlet and Summer Tanagers in summer. The gaps and associated snags offer a year-round attraction to woodpeckers, including the Red-headed Woodpecker.
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by Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns (Falcon Guides)

Hemlock Bluffs is a state nature preserve that is managed by the Town of Cary through a lease arrangement with the state of North Carolina. The bluffs, which harbor a disjunct population of Eastern hemlock, divide the preserve into upland areas with pines, mixed pine-hardwood and oak-hickory woodlands, and the floodplain along Swift Creek.

Elevated observation platforms allow for good treetop-level birding, which is advantageous during spring migration.The Swift Creek Loop Trail takes you through a brief stretch of mature oak and hickory woodlands with canopy gaps before you get to the bluffs, which can yield looks at Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos and Scarlet and Summer Tanagers in summer. The gaps and associated snags offer a year-round attraction to woodpeckers, including the Red-headed Woodpecker.

©  Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Cary
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Good all year
Driving Directions: Directions to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Ritter Park, and Swift Creek Bluffs

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