Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is located in Cary, North Carolina, and covers approximately 140-150 acres along Swift Creek. The preserve is a popular outdoor attraction for residents of Cary and visitors alike.


  • A three-mile trail system
  • Scenic overlooks 
  • Nature education through the Stevens Nature Center
  • Opportunities to observe and enjoy the various flora and fauna 

Although it is in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve has flora that is more typically found in the mountains; this includes Eastern Hemlocks, which Hemlock Bluffs is known for. The preserve is also a refuge for numerous species of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects, arachnids and migrant birds.

A well-known feature of Hemlock Bluffs is the Stevens Nature Center, which provides nature exhibits and programs for all ages throughout the year. These programs include nature walks, outdoor exploration, educational activities and crafts. A list of current and future programs can be found through the Town of Cary's website. The 3,700 square foot facility also features a gift shop and newly renovated exhibit hall with a mini-theater. 

Important Information 

Hemlock Bluffs is located at 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd, CaryNC 27518. There is free admission to the preserve and its hours are from 9 a.m.-sunset. The number to reach Hemlock Bluffs is 919-387-598. Additional information can be found on the preserve's website