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The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state's phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services in phases over the coming months.

Wake County parks and preserves have been open throughout the pandemic. Visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the state, including gathering with no more than 25 people and maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person. External restrooms and water fountains are open.

Measures to limit the number of people allowed in the park at one time remain in place. If a gate is closed or cones are blocking the entrance, that means the park has reached capacity. Parks that are run by towns or cities may be operating differently—please reach out to them directly before visiting their parks.

The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least September 30:
  • Playgrounds and park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are cancelled.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.
  • Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are cancelled.
  • Camps are canceled through the end of 2020.
As of 5 p.m. June 26, the State of North Carolina has mandated that people must wear masks or cloth face coverings when in public and unable to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This applies at Wake County's parks and preserves.

As a reminder, 24/7 digital programming is available at wakegov.com/parks/fromhome.


Preserve Hours

PEAK SEASON summer hours from Mother’s Day until the first weekend of August:
Monday–Sunday, 8 a.m.–sunset

OFF-PEAK SEASON winter hours from first weekend in August until Mother’s Day:
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.–sunset


Preserve is also open on the following holidays:

Memorial Day, 4th of July/Independence Day and Labor Day


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.

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The boardwalk offers benches and fishing access in addition to the shores of Robertson Millpond. 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 and pickerel. All NC Freshwater Fishing Regulations apply, and you can get your fishing license online from NC Wildlife Resources Commission website or at an outdoor supply store or 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.