Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times.
I love the shaded trails at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve tucked away in a corner of Cary, between Regency Park and Lochmere Golf Course. It’s my refuge from Summer’s sun and oppressive heat. If I time my visit just right, I can hear the symphony warming up at nearby Booth Amphitheatre. Having symphony accompaniment during a walk through the woods is a rare treat, one everyone should experience.
The preserve is home to a community of Eastern Hemlock trees not commonly found in the Piedmont, visible by a hike to either the east or west bluff overlooks. The 140 acre nature preserve includes the Stevens Nature Center, a facility with interactive, educational nature and environmental exhibits. Many kid friendly programs pack the event calendar during Summer months making the center very popular with families. Equally popular is the whimsical Recycle Garden, a living exhibit of repurposed items creating a unique reuse space. I found the wind chime created from handful of brightly painted left over keys delightful.
If you’ve not had the chance to visit this distinctive preserve in Cary, I’d encourage a visit soon. It’s a wonderful way to spend part of a day, connecting with nature. Admission is free and the preserve is open seven days a week, year round (more details about hours of operation can be found at the website).