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October 27
​New Nature Preserve Opens in Wake County

Wake County commissioners, along with environmental partners, cut the ribbon and officially opened the county’s newest nature preserve on Saturday, Oct. 27. The 265-acre Turnipseed Nature Preserve in Wendell features boulders, a wildlife overlook, diverse habitats and wildlife, and places to play and picnic.

“Today’s opening is one more way we’re working to maintain a high quality of life that our residents have come to know and love, while continuing Wake County’s growth and progress,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Jessica Holmes.

“The benefits of investing in open space are vast. In addition to economic, water quality, recreational and wildlife benefits, open space also helps provide a sense of place. It helps define our culture and heritage—as well as who we are and where we live.”

Wake County’s Consolidated Open Space Plan—the first of its kind in North Carolina—aims to protect 30 percent of the county’s land area. So far, the county has protected about 65,000 acres.

The recently-completed second phase of Turnipseed Nature Preserve features 1.2 miles of trails along a creek with rock outcrops, a wildlife viewing overlook and picnic tables. Phase 1, which opened in 2017, includes 3.1 miles of trails exploring various habitats and wildlife, as well as picnicking areas and an open play area.

The preserve is open seven days a week from Mother’s Day until the first weekend in August. During the off-peak season, it is open on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are 8 a.m.–sunset.

There are two ways to access the preserve. Visitors can enter at 7100 Hunt Valley Trail or 1525 Pleasants Road.

Learn more about Turnipseed Nature Preserve here.

For more information about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow @WakeGovParks on Twitter and Instagram. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook.


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