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Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve

Swift Creek Bluffs is a 23-acre nature preserve owned by Triangle Land Conservancy in Wake County in Cary.  The preserve protects 100-foot high bluffs along Swift Creek lined with old-growth beech trees.  The north-facing bluffs create a microclimate that supports flora typically found further west in the mountains.  Despite being located in the middle of suburban sprawl, sandwiched between subdivisions and a gold course, the preserve is a great place to get back to nature.  There is a little over a mile of trails, including the Stairway to Heaven, a steep set of stairs leading up to the top of the bluff.


7800 Holly Springs Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27606

GPS: 35.71753, -78.75330




Swift Creek Bluffs is a great place to look for spring wildflowers.  The Swift Creek floodplain and steep slopes support a number of wildflowers.  Eastern spring beauty (Claytonia virginica) is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in spring.

Star chickweed (Stellaria pubera)

Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) are very common in the preserve.

Atamasco lily (Zephyranthes atamasca)


Eastern comma (Polygonia comma) is a butterfly that can be found in the preserve.

Blog Entries:

15-Apr-2018: Wake County Wildflowers

External Links:

Triangle Land Conservancy website: https://www.triangleland.org/explore/nature-preserves/swift-creek-bluffs-nature-preserve