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Turnipseed Nature Preserve - Wendell, NC

Turnipseed Nature Preserve is a Wake County Parks property that we went to earlier this year in the summer, but I’ve saved posting it until now because I think the fall weather really compliments this location. We loved the park, but even with all of its trees, there wasn’t the most tree cover, making it a bit hot during the summer, but just right for the fall and winter months.

Turnipseed has 2 entrances and 2 miles of trails in the park. This is a great park if you’re looking to get your littles into nature and hiking because none of the trails are particularly long, and are generally about a half a mile each. The boardwalk in the first photo is right in the middle of the park, so I also found that helpful as a “carrot” per se - “I think there’s a bridge hidden in here. Let’s see if we can find it!” 😉


• Open only weekends from the first weekend in August through Mother’s Day. During “peak season”, it is open 7 days a week.

• This is a fairly barebones park with no park office. There was a port-o-potty when we were at the Hunt Valley Trail entrance, but not brick & mortar bathrooms.

• A fair amount of parking at both entrances.

• The Wake Parks website says that the trails are ADA accessible, so these trails should be good for folks in wheelchairs or with strollers.

Have you been to Turnipseed? Let us know in the comments!

(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram and Facebook on November 10, 2021.)

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