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

Cary, North Carolina 27518

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

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Ritter Park, and Swift Creek Bluffs Professional Review and Guide

"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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Cary
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Trail Type
Good all year
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Jul 2018