For the first time, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space will be opening some of its open space properties for limited public access. Turnipseed Nature Preserve will be the second property to be opened in Eastern Wake County. Unlike Wake County parks, the preserves will be minimally developed and will be open to the public only during weekends and some holidays. Each site will be dedicated for a single recreational use. ​
From May 1–31, 2017,
the public is invited to comment on this draft
Environmental Assessment for Phase II of the Turnipseed Nature Preserve.​
Turnipseed Nature Preserve, 265 acres located south of Wendell near the Johnston County line, will be open for hiking and nature exploration. The preserve will offer about two to three miles of hiking trails and boardwalks that run through natural wetland and past granite outcroppings.

Turnipseed is designated as a WakeNature Preserve for its ecological and geological significance.

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Turnipseed Nature Preserve is under construction now and is projected to open in the fall of 2017. For more information, please email

Here is a plan of what you can expect: