Nature Preserves

pipeline swallowtail butterfly by Don Kinney

Get wild — explore nature right in your backyard! Click on one of the pins on the map or explore our properties listed below to find your next adventure.

Triangle Land Conservancy Nature Preserves are located around the Triangle and open for you to explore for free, year-round, from dawn to dusk. These preserves protect critical natural resources while providing low-impact recreation opportunities like hiking, walking, running, photography, birdwatching, geocaching*, and more. Activities that degrade natural resources (going off established trails, foraging, removing artifacts, etc.) are prohibited. Rules are posted at each preserve in kiosks, but please get in touch with TLC staff at any time if you have questions. Visit the preserves on your own, with family, or as part of a planned event or outing.

Featured TLC Nature Preserves

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve
Orange County

Flower Hill Nature Preserve
Johnston County

Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Durham County

J. Logan and Elinor Moore Irvin Nature Preserve
Orange County – Not open to the general public

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
Orange County

McIver Landing on the Deep River
Chatham/Lee Counties

Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve
Wake County

Temple Flat Rock Preserve
Wake County – Not open to the general public

Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve
Wake County

White Pines Nature Preserve
Chatham County

*Geocaching – Special Note

Triangle Land Conservancy permits Geocaching on some properties. We request guidelines be followed while Geocaching to uphold our environmental conservation and stewardship mission. Please read TLC’s Geocaching Policy for more information.

See an issue at one of our nature preserves that you would like to report? Please help us keep your favorite nature preserves and trails clean and safe for everyone by reporting any issues to [email protected].

Find a TLC Nature Preserve Near You