Robertson Millpond Preserve - by Scott Pohlman
WakeWonders
Wonders of Nature in Wake County that you just have to see!

Below are highlights of WakeWonders - the most outstanding natural features in Wake County - features that will inspire awe and amazement.  We're starting with 7 (as in Seven Wonders of Wake) and will add to the list with time.

Most are open to the public, with ample parking, easy access, and detailed interpretation; others require arranging a tour with the landowner.  Click image or text for more information

We encourage you to visit them all!

Dedicated to promising nature a future in Wake County, the WakeNature Preserve Partnership identifies the County's finest natural areas and promotes stewardship to keep them that way.

Hidden Rocks Outcrop at Annie Louise Wilkerson
Photo by Bryan England
Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park is a North Raleigh gem just off Falls of Neuse Road.  There's quite a diversity of nature to explore, including ponds, meadows, forests, and the Hidden Rocks boulder outcrop.  The park is managed by Raleigh Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources.
| Open to public | Ample parking | Water & toilets available | Unpaved trails | Education center and programming |
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Harris Lake Longleaf Forest
Photo by Jackie Trickel
Harris Lake County Park.   Longleaf pine forests once dominated thousands of square miles, stretching from Virginia to Texas.  Although little remains, you can visit a longleaf pine forest restoration site right here in southwestern Wake County.  Harris Lake County Park is managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space.
| Open to public | Ample parking | Water & toilets available |
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Placeholder image for Hemlock Bluffs
Photo by Lara Pacifici
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve.   Steep bluffs and the eastern-most community of Eastern hemlock trees are the centerpiece of this oasis of nature right off busy Kildaire Farm Road in Cary.  The preserve is a State Natural Area managed by Cary Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources.
| Open to public | Ample parking | Mulched trails | Nature center and programming |
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Prairie Ridge Ecostation
Photo by Suzie Tremmel, cropped from Flickr image
Prairie Ridge Ecostation.   45 acres of Piedmont prairie, forest, ponds, a stream, and a wildlife-friendly landscape, right in the heart of Wake County.  Prairie Ridge Ecostation is managed by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
| Open to public | Ample parking | Water & toilets available |
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Robertson Millpond Preserve
Photo by Scott Pohlman
Robertson Millpond Preserve.   Formed by a dam built almost 200 years ago, Robertson Millpond is a rare place.  Bring your boat to experience the only bald cypress blackwater swamp habitat in Wake County.  Robertson Millpond Preserve is a designated WakeNature Preserve managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space.  Grand opening 10.24!
| Open to public | Parking area | No water or toilets | Canoe & kayak access |
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photo of Swift Creek Bluffs
Photo courtesy of Triangle Land Conservancy
Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve.   On the eastern edge of Cary, massive beech trees from James Madison's time adorn 100-foot bluffs rising from the shores of Swift Creek.  Easily accessible with a short walk from a small parking lot on Holly Springs Road.   Swift Creek Bluffs is a designated WakeNature Preserve managed by Triangle Land Conservancy.
| Open to public | Small parking area | No water or toilets | Unpaved trails | Stairs |
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Photo of Temple Flat Rock
Photo courtesy of Triangle Land Conservancy
Temple Flat Rock Preserve  is a Registered Natural Heritage Site with an acre of flat, exposed granite supporting a unique community of bryophytes, more than 40 species of lichens, and flowering plants, including sandworts and sedums.  Temple Flat Rock Preserve is managed by Triangle Land Conservancy.
| No public access | No parking area | No water or toilets | Periodic tours by arrangement |

WakeWonders Calendar

10.24 - Grand opening, Robertson Millpond Preserve

11.07 - Temple Flat Rock - tour and milkweed planting - registration required

01.01 - A.L. Wilkerson, MD, Nature Preserve, Hidden Rocks Outcrop Walk

02.TBA - Prairie Ridge

03.TBA - Hemlock Bluffs

04.02 - Swift Creek Bluffs - 2P - Focus on spring wildflowers with Mike Schafale

05.21 - Longleaf Festival at Harris Lake County Park



Stay tuned to this space ... for more WakeWonders!

Brought to you by the WakeNature Preserve Partnership ... Promising Nature a Future in Wake County


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