In the woods of eastern Wake County, 265 acres of trees, trails and wildlife are available for exploration by hiking only on weekends.
Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space opened the first phase of Turnipseed Nature Preserve. The preserve is open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until dusk. Turnipseed is Wake’s second nature preserve (Robertson Millpond Preserve is the other). It’s just south of Wendell near Johnston County line, and features opportunities for wildlife viewing from hiking trails, boardwalks and new 140-foot-long pedestrian bridge.
The preserve includes a mix of different habitats, such as forests, wetlands, unique granite outcroppings and previously farmed fields that are now natural meadows. The second phase will include additional hiking and nature trails throughout the property, as well as access and parking from Pleasants Road. Phase two is expected to open in 2018.
Learn more about Turnipseed NP online at wakegov.com. It’s at 7100 Hunt Valley Trail, Wendell.