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 among the first of these properties 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.

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.

Turnipseed Nature Preserve is projected to open in the spring of 2017.