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heavily trafficked and difficult to maneuver around pedestrians. Pro is that there is a lot of dogs. Khan is that everything smells like pee LOL

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

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice 2 mile paved trail around the lake. The trail itself is easy and wide enough for passing foot track and bicyclists. It has restrooms and offers scented doggy bags through the trail. I have found it to be most busy in the morning into the early afternoon with joggers and swift walkers. Best time I've discovered to go with less traffic is around happy hour, apparently priorities change in NC as the day goes on :) Its a great trail if you want a glimpse of wildlife. I've seen deer, otters, loons, cranes, and turtles near the bank. It also has a couple of nature trails off of the paved trail if you're one of those, as I am, who desire to take the path less traveled.

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.

5 months ago

Nice and mostly shaded trail around the lake. Not too crowded on weekdays.

vert easy paved trail. Good to take a leisurely walk around the lake. Good views of the lake and wildlife.

Good for kids & dogs. paved trails around small pond, plus around playground and ball field. my favorite was the short side trail, Cooper's Hawk dirt trail past tiny amphitheater. if you want exercise, you'll have to do several loops. yes facilities

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

The trails are great. The steps however are terrible. Would give it a higher rating without steps. Should be mentioned in the description.

I combined both of these trails with the Beech Tree Cove and West Hemlock Overlooks. All the trails are very well maintained and great for families, especially when combined with the nature center.

trail running
9 months ago

Super easy. Paved as well as natural trails with gorgeous views. Typically pretty busy, though, regardless of the time of day.

hiking
10 months ago

great place to hike and for nature programs

A little disappointed about the longest trail (I followed the signs that simply said "trail"). Wide and well kept forest trail, but I had expected to actually see the lake and get to the water. Only a distant peek at the water now and then, no direct access to the lake (I had a 3 yr old in tow who was not in for detours). No one on the trail on a Thursday morning.

Nice place. Great for kids.

walking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Great easy walk

Excellent place for weekend walk/hike

Monday, June 19, 2017

Paved

walking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nice short & easy trail. Not too many bugs which was my main concern. Just wear or bring some bug spray and the bugs aren't bad at all if you're moving.

walking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fairly short and easy trail. The trail is totally mulch which isn't my preference. Saw some really beautiful deer very close to the path.
This is a great trail for running or for someone with kids.

trail running
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Easy trail. Would recommend if you stay close by for a run or walk. The lake view is cool.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

love this 2 mile paved loop. during summer it has great tree cover so its not so hot. it's dog friendly, stroller friendly. restrooms are good, playgrounds are nice.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

nice paved loop with small lake for nice scenery

trail running
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lots of people, but very well maintained and beautiful views. Lots of stairs too

hiking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

There are 4 trails with 3 of them being pretty short. We didn't know all the choices and so we ended up doing the three short ones and with walking in from the road that was 2.7 miles. The demonstration trail is listed at 2 miles and we will start with that one next time. We enjoyed all the short trails but liked the wildlife trail best. One of the trails was a little muddy. The trails are flat and easy to hike.

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