Cary is currently under a Stay-at-Home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most public-facing and staffed facilities are closed to the public, including Town Hall. All playgrounds are closed but greenways, parks, and park restrooms remain open at this time. Some services have been canceled or are limited. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Can I walk the trails when the gates are closed?

  • If I live next door to Hemlock Bluffs can I walk in through my backyard (neighborhood path)?

  • Can I access Harold D. Ritter Park from Hemlock Bluffs?

  • Can I walk in Swift Creek?

  • Can I Geocache at Hemlock Bluffs?

  • What is a Hemlock Woolly Adelgid?

  • How did the Hemlocks get here?

  • What does a hemlock tree look like?

  • What are the large wooden boxes I see attached to trees on the trails?

  • Does your facility provide group programs?

  • Can I just bring my own group on our own?

  • Who teaches the nature programs at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve?

  • What is the trail surface?

  • Can we picnic at Hemlock Bluffs?

  • Is there a playground?

  • Is there a charge/fee to get in?

  • Can I bring my dog to the preserve?

  • Are restrooms available at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve?

  • How can I make a donation?

  • Who is Colonel William W. Stevens?

  • Is Hemlock Bluffs a State Park or Town Park?

  • How do I get to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve?

  • What are the hours of operation for the preserve and the Stevens Nature Center?

  • How long are the trails at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve?

  • When was the preserve established?

  • How big is the preserve?