Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A great municipal trail. I learned a lot!

27 days ago

Love this trail! Easy. Paved. VERY shaded. Decent chance of seeing wildlife, particularly deer.

1 month ago

This park is kept immaculately year round. The trail is very easy and smooth, with some light hills. Feels miles away but is easy and enjoyable for all skill levels.

Easy stroll in shaded Hemlock Forest. Nice overlooks of the bluffs. Great hike if you have e little ones and trying to get them interested in the outdoors.

Pretty scenery but no lookout

Shady and completed all trails at Hemlock bluff

A little over two miles when you combine all the trails. Nicely covered from the sun and the path is well maintained.

Just beautiful.

Good local trail.

I ran/walked the Chestnut Oak Loop twice and Swift Creek Loop. The trail is well maintained, mulched, and has regular signs so there’s no chance of losing the path. The descents and rises are gradual and not rocky so easy to do, but there are a good number of stairs by both of overlooks so best to avoid if you have knee problems.

very nice place to run. the trail is well maintained and provide a really low impact surface.

7 months ago

Well groomed.

A good hike for the trees and a center with lots of good educational materials for kids. There are a bunch of wooden viewing platforms accessible by stairs, the wooden platforms of which get quite slippery.

Humid today and lots of families with dogs on the trail! Sunday is a very busy to walk the trails

I would recommend this trail to anyone. Took my dogs and I a little over an hour to complete all the trails and the are very well maintained. Easy to navigate with the signs and I loved all the little information stands around the trails.

Not a long trail, but very pretty.

Sun Sep 02 2018

Easy trail through a forested area and views of the creek.

Fri Aug 24 2018

An excellent trail for a leisurely stroll through the forest. Informative nature center on site adds to appreciation of the uniqueness of the site.

Nice hike mainly in the shade which helps with the summer temps. Be careful of the slick wooden steps. All in all great hike

Sat Jul 14 2018

Did this combined with symphony lake. Great hike, with easy walking. Recommend for any skill level.

Really fun trails with cool things to see. I never realized that we had such high bluffs in central North Carolina. The trails are covered with mulch which makes me a little nervous about snakes, but we didn’t run into any today. Lots of signage with information about the nature and science of the place which was really interesting to read about. We’ll be back to visit.

One of my fav spots

Nice hike. Loved the shade since it was 90 outside

Beautiful spring time trail run just after a rainy day! Chestnut Oak and Swift Creek trails combined equal about two miles if you add the Beach Cove lookout. This is a perfect beginner trail run as the trail is extremely well maintained and consists of arborist wood chips and wood planks where the trail would normally be wet. The Chestnut Oak trail is the longer of the two and provides a nice rolling terrain with a modest climb up from the creek. This connects to the Swift Creek trail with consists of 105 steps down the bluff to the creek with a flat loop that brings you back to the steps. There are a hand full of platforms that provide as good a view as you can get from the heart of Cary, NC! The nature preserve office is open until 5:00 PM but the gates remain open until 8:00 PM. There are nice bathroom facilities and even a nature education area for the kids! I highly recommend this trail if you are looking to blow off some steam on a shaded, moderate run!

A gorgeous walk through the woods! All the trails at Hemlock Bluffs are well maintained and offer both easy and more challenging walking. Beautiful flora and fauna throughout. Highly recommend!

Beautiful natural area just a couple of miles from bustling commercial area in Cary. Extremely well maintained with frequent sightings of deer, squirrels and other native species. A tranquil oasis if you time it right but relaxing walk even when others are around.

This is one of my favorite spots!

Thu Dec 21 2017

Nice short trail leading to the overlooks.

Mon Nov 13 2017

Did it combined with Symphony Lake Greenway. Nice walk with the creek and lake throughout.

pretty wooded area close to town. a few inclines but mostly easy. dirt trail.

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