Park Hours

Turnipseed Nature Preserve is open to the public on weekends and some holidays.

Gates open Saturdays and Sundays at 8 a.m. 

Gates are locked at sunset. 

Additional holidays that the park is open:
  • Monday of Memorial Day weekend
  • 4th of July if it falls on Friday or Monday
  • Monday of Labor Day weekend

Download a preserve brochure here or pick one up at the preserve for a trail map and more information.


Tips & Rules for a Safe, Pleasant Visit

Please come prepared!! There are no restroom facilities or drinking water at the preserve.

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.)

  2. OPEN FIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED

  3. PARK ONLY IN DESIGNATED AREAS
    (No parking on roadsides, grass, or outside preserve gates)

  4. THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED:

    1. Alcoholic beverages
    2. Use of any tobacco and vapor products
    3. Hunting
    4. Feeding of wildlife in the park
    5. Swimming or wading
    6. Collection, disturbance or release of any animal, plant, mineral or cultural items
    7. Amplified music
    8. Littering
    9. 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)
    10. Overnight parking and camping

Please report unauthorized use to the police 911, and to Wake County Security 919-856-7007.


Hiking and Walking Mileage

If you walk ALL trails once, you will walk 3.1 miles! There will be 2–3 more miles of trails after Phase 2 construction is complete (estimated completion: Summer 2018).

Meadow trail: half-mile loop around meadow and through woods to picnic areas

Gin Branch Creek trail: almost a mile (0.8) loop down to bridge over creek and back

Park entrance road: The gravel road from parking area to entrance sign and back is almost two miles (1.8), and you are welcome to walk or bike that gravel road.


Geocaching

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.


Where did the name Turnipseed come from?

The name for the preserve came from Turnipseed Road, which runs along the south side of the preserve. The road was previously known as the Wendell-Raleigh Road and the Burned Mill Road. In the 1960s, the road was straightened and the Turnipseed family sold a small parcel of their land for this road, which was then named Turnipseed Road.

If you have pictures or information about the history or the wildlife, please contact us at naturepreserve@wakegov.com.