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Stevens Nature Center At Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

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A visit to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is sure to captivate and delight. Whether you are an avid birdwatcher or simply seeking solitude, Hemlock Bluffs offers a variety of outdoor opportunities.

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Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is home to a unique community of Eastern Hemlock trees and other mountain plant species, access to approximately 3 miles of mulched nature trails, scenic overlooks, excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities and areas for quiet nature reflection.

The Stevens Nature Center provides interactive, educational nature exhibits and historical exhibits from the Piedmont of North Carolina. The nature center also provides nature interpretation and environmental education programs for all ages throughout the year.

Prescribed Burn Season is January-April 2017

As part of its long-term fire management plan for Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, between January and end-April 2017 the Town of Cary will perform its annual prescribed burn at the Preserve. Weather permitting, the North Carolina Forest Service or North Carolina State Parks will implement and supervise the burn. Town staff will provide logistical assistance and a Town fire truck will be on site during the burn.

Because of stringent weather condition requirements for a prescribed burn, the burn notification window may be only hours. The burn itself will be over in minutes. Citizens who wish to receive more details on the timeframe of the burn can sign up to receive updates at

While certain sections of select trails will close for the day, the Preserve and Steven’s Nature Center will remain open and visitors are encouraged to enjoy as usual; trails will be well-signed and natural resource managers and preserve staff will patrol as needed.  

Wildfires are a common threat to structures in many areas of North Carolina, especially during drought and times of high winds, and prescribed burns are a proven and safe way to clear dead vegetation and flammable underbrush that can serve as fuel for wildfires.

Prescribed Burn Fact Sheet
Prescribed Burn at Hemlock Bluffs (Video)


Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
2616 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27518
Phone: 919-387-5980

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