Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve is owned and managed by the Triangle Land Conservancy and totals just over 1 mile. The trail offers a refuge in the middle of Cary. The trail follows the banks of Swift Creek before climbing a steep bluff and continuing through a unique basic mesic forest that contains a number of rare plants. The trail connects to the trails system of an adjacent golf course, but it is an out and back trail from the parking lot.
A quick hike. Compared to most of the local trails, it feels remote: once you're a quarter of a mile in, you don't hear anything but the creek. The trail and the stairs up the bluffs are well maintained.
Considering the location (surrounded by neighborhoods) it's a very nice trail. Good variety and inclines. Great for getting out for a short hike when you only have an hour or so to spare.
Had cabin fever and this was trail was nearby, had driven past the trail head many times and had heard the bluffs were higher than at Hemlock Bluffs. Access is next to pump house on Holly Springs road, from Lochmere Birkhaven subdivision or from the cart path at Lochmere Golf Club. Trail is short but offers a lot of variety - flat along Swift Creek, and wooden steps lead up to the top of the bluff and then back down the other side. Since it was winter, you could easily see the creek way below the bluff from the top through the trees. Interesting short hike.