Preserve Hours and Location

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



Hunt Valley Trail entrance: 7100 Hunt Valley Trail, Wendell

Pleasants Road entrance: 1525 Pleasants Road, Wendell

Download a preserve brochure with trail map here, or pick one up at the preserve kiosk for 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:

    (Please clean up after your pet and help us keep the nature preserve a place for all citizens to enjoy.)


    (No parking on roadsides, grass or outside preserve gates)


    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

Turnipseed has a total of 2 miles of ADA accessible trails and a 2-mile, up-and-back, gravel road into park that can also be used as a trail. There are many combinations of the loops and trails you can make to get the distance you want! More single-track trails are on the plans for the future.

Lupine Loop: 0.4 miles

Boulder Trail: 0.6 miles

Meadow trail: 0.5 miles

Gin Branch Creek trail: 0.5 miles

Park entrance road (Hunt Valley Trail): 2.0 miles up and back
You are welcome to walk or bike this gravel road!


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 Turnipseed Nature Preserve, 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.