Turnipseed Visitor Information

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Preserve Hours

PEAK SEASON summer hours from April 1st until August 31st :
Monday–Sunday, 8 a.m.–Sunset

OFF-PEAK SEASON winter hours from September 1st until March 31st :
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.–Sunset

The preserve is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Entrances : 

7100 Hunt Valley Trail, Wendell NC 27591

1505 Pleasants Road, Wendell NC 27591

Preserve Information

Preserve Rules

Tips & Rules for a Safe, Pleasant Visit

Please come prepared! There are no restroom facilities or drinking water at the preserve.

Safety and enjoyment go hand in hand. The following rules are in place to ensure a safe, pleasant visit and also to protect the preserve:

  1. Clean up after your pets.
  2. Keep pets on a 6-foot leash.
  3. Open fires are not allowed. 
  4. Park only in designated areas.
    (No parking on roadsides or outside preserve gates)
    • Open fires
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Tobacco and vapor products
    • Hunting
    • Feeding of wildlife
    • Swimming, wading, and boating
    • Collection or release of any natural material or living organism unless otherwise designated by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space staff
    • Amplified music
    • Littering
    • Firearms
      1. This does not prohibit concealed handgun permit holders from legally carrying a concealed handgun in accordance with N.C.G.S 14-415.11
    • Overnight parking and camping
    • ATVs and other motorized vehicles

Please report unauthorized use to the police (911) and to Wake County Security, 919-856-7007.

Preserve Visitation Photography Notice

Parks, Recreation and Open Space staff may take photographs or video of park patrons of all ages to demonstrate the use of our parks. Photographs may be used in print, video or digital media. Any Wake County staff taking photographs or video for this purpose will be wearing recognizable Wake County Parks uniform or other visible ID. If you do not want to be photographed or have your child photographed during your park visit, then please notify park staff.

Professional Photography in the Park

Are you a professional or amateur photographer interested in taking photos at Turnipseed?

Turnipseed Nature Preserve is picturesque and provides the perfect setting for a variety of photography opportunities. To ensure that all park visitors have an enjoyable experience, registration is required for photo shoots.

Please see the Photography Permit Information for a complete list of rules and guidelines and how to register for a permit.

Hiking and Walking Mileage

Turnipseed has two miles of ADA accessible, fine gravel screened trails. The 1-mile gravel road into park can also be used as a trail. There are many combinations of the loops and trails you can make to get the distance you want! More single-track hiking trails are planned for the future.

Lupine Loop: 0.4 miles

Boulder Trail: 0.6 miles

Meadow trail: 0.5 miles

Gin Branch Creek trail: 0.5 miles

Park entrance road (Hunt Valley Trail): 2.0 miles up and back

You are welcome to walk or bike this gravel road!

Become a Junior Park Explorer!

Become a Junior Park Explorer!

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Do you like to explore parks and preserves? Do you like winning prizes? Our Junior Park Explorers program is for you! Click here to learn more.


The geocaches located at the preserve are hidden containers of varying sizes that have been approved by preserve staff and placed for your exploration and enjoyment. Use GPS devices to find these hidden containers and then record your find on the paper log provided in the geocache. This activity is self-guided by getting coordinates from Geocaching.com and bringing your own GPS unit or phone.

Placing a Geocache
Geocaching on Wake County Park property is handled on a park-by-park basis. Geocaching is an accepted recreational activity at Turnipseed Nature Preserve, with approval prior to placement. To obtain the approval you must complete and submit a Geocache Form to Naturepreserve@wake.gov

Metal Detecting and Magnet Fishing

Wake County Parks, Recreation & Open Space has a "No Collection" policy that does not allow visitors to take things (natural or manmade) from the parks. Our parks contain both historically significant structures and documented cemeteries that should not be disturbed.

Metal detectors and magnet fishing may be used to look for an item you have specifically lost, but not to "treasure hunt" in general. The Park Manager must be notified and grant permission in advance of using a metal detector or magnet fishing to search for a personal lost item.

Drones/RC Vehicles/Model Rockets

Due to the increasing use of Unmanned Aircraft, Remote Control Vehicles and Model Rockets, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) has developed a policy to protect park resources and ensure an enjoyable experience for all park visitors. Please review the policy for additional details.

Where did the name Turnipseed come from?

The name for the preserve came from Turnipseed Road, which runs along the south side of the preserve. The road was previously known as the Wendell-Raleigh Road and the Burned Mill Road.

If you have pictures or information about the history or the wildlife, please contact us at Naturepreserve@wake.gov

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