Stephens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs

DSC_3528-01.jpegWe are so lucky to live in an area where almost every town sets aside some of its natural treasures for public use.  Hemlock bluffs is just that, a preserve that protects a population of Eastern Hemlock trees, intertwined with trails and educational areas that provide for great walks and learning adventures. DSC_3554-01 The park is a joint venture between the Town of Cary and the NC State Parks Service, and its 140 acres have various cool ecosystems to explore.  Town of Cary operates the Stephens Nature Center, with a small exhibit area, classrooms, 2 children’s gardens and a great play area with fun features like a mushroom and turtle hopscotch and a telescope.  DSC_3540-01.jpegThe bluffs themselves can be accessed by a set of long stairs and with overlooks that lead to a short trail loop perfect for kids. I hope you and your family get to see it soon!

With Love, Turtle Dove

Know Before you go: There are restrooms available at the center, none on the trails.

The stairs on the bluff trail are well kept, but there are a lot of them.  Also, they have gravel on top which can be slippery.

There are no food or drink facilities, but there are water fountains at the nature center.

There are plenty of snakes and ticks at this park.