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Park Hours

Robertson Millpond is open to the public on weekends and some holidays.

Gates open Saturdays and Sundays at 8 a.m. Gates are locked at sunset. Pond closes one-half hour (30 minutes) earlier than preserve.

Additional holidays park is open: Monday of Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July if it falls on Friday or Monday, and Monday of Labor Day weekend.

Download a preserve brochure/map or pick one up when you arrive!

Keep scrolling for specifics about paddling, fishing, geocaching, and more!

Follow these TIPS AND RULES for a Pleasant Visit

Please come prepared!! There are no regular staff on-site, restroom facilities or drinking water at the preserve. (The closest facility is a gas station about four miles away, at Rolesville Road and Hwy. 64 Business.)

Safety and enjoyment go hand in hand. The following rules are in place to ensure a safe, pleasant visit and also to protect the preserve:

  1. PETS MUST BE KEPT ON A 6-FOOT LEASH (Please clean up after your pet and help us keep the nature preserve a place for all citizens to enjoy.)
  3. PARK ONLY IN DESIGNATED AREAS (No parking on roadsides, grass or outside preserve gates)
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Hunting
    • Feeding of wildlife in the park
    • Swimming or wading
    • Collection or release of any animal, plant, mineral, or historic material
    • Amplified music
    • Littering
    • Firearms (This does not prohibit concealed handgun permit holders from legally carrying a concealed handgun in accordance with N.C.G.S. 14-415.11)
    • Overnight parking and camping

Please keep off of the stone dam and surrounding area to protect and respect this historic landmark.

Please report unauthorized use to the police (9-1-1) and to Wake County Security, 919-856-7007.

Paddling Trail

Bring your own kayak, canoe, paddle board or small trolling boat and launch at the grassy launch site or from the ADA-accessible boat dock. Both are close to the parking lot.

The trail is marked by numbered buoys through the cypress swamp. Staff are adding to the trail and designate the last buoy with a sign.

Don't have your own boat? From approximately mid-April until October, Paddle Creek will be renting boats from the shoreline. Outside of rental season, contact to pick up a kayak rental from them. Visit the Paddle Creek website for more information. Like our Facebook page to stay up to date.


The shores of Robertson Millpond provide informal bank fishing. Fishing is also allowed from kayak, canoe or other boat with trolling motor (no gas-powered). Boats are transported a short distance from parking area to either grassy launch site or ADA dock launch site. There are a wide variety of fish in the pond, including sunfish, catfish, bass and pickerel. Please note that fishing is allowed anywhere along the shoreline anytime, but from the launch dock, fishing is only allowed during off-paddling season (October until March). All NC Freshwater Fishing Regulations apply, and you can get your fishing license online from NC Wildlife Resources Commission or at a nearby bait shop.

The geocaches located at the preserve are hidden containers of varying sizes that have been approved by preserve staff and placed for your exploration and enjoyment. The basic idea is to use GPS devices to help find these hidden containers and then record your find on the paper log provided in the geocache. This activity is self-guided by getting coordinates from Geocaching.com and bringing your own GPS unit or phone.

Placing a Geocache
Geocaching on Wake County Park property is handled on a park-by-park basis. 
Geocaching is an accepted recreational activity at Robertson Millpond, with approval prior to placement. To obtain the approval you must complete and submit a Geocache Form to naturepreserve@wakegov.com.


Metal Detecting

The park system has a "No Collection" policy, which does not allow visitors to take things (natural or manmade) from the parks; and finally, all of our properties contain historically or culturally significant structures or places that we do not wish disturbed. If you have a lost item and wish to use a metal detector to find the item, please contact preserve staff ahead of time.