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Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve Professional Review and Guide
"This beautiful preserve in southern Cary is one of the few places where you can see mountain plant species in the Piedmont. Begin your hike with the short Swift Creek Loop Trail, which offers magnificent views as it descends the bluffs. Then take a short walk to the Chestnut Oak Loop Trail, a longer wooded hike with several more scenic overlooks. Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is named for its stand of eastern hemlocks, a species normally indigenous to the mountains. The eastern bluffs overlooking Swift Creek provide a cool, moist microclimate where mountain species thrive. The trails here are wide and well maintained. The beautiful Stevens Nature Center is the first thing you will see when you arrive at the park. The nature center features a native wildflower garden, as well as classrooms and exhibits. The surrounding gardens and first trail segments are wheelchair accessible, but the loop trails themselves are not, as they have stairs and some rough patches."
--Peter Reylek and Lauren Reylek, Best Easy Day Hikes: Raleigh-Durham (Falcon Guides).
Nice area for shorter walks. Lots of nice views.
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