Opening of the 563-acre Sandy Pines Nature Preserve in Wake County, the largest stretch of land owned by Parks and Recreation

WAKE COUNTY, NC (WTVD) – Wake County opened its largest park to date, the Sandy Pines Preserve, on Saturday.

The 563-acre Sandy Pines reserve is the largest parcel of land owned by parks, recreation and open spaces in Wake County, according to a press release from the county.

“We have made it known that here in Wake County, we are committed to protecting open spaces, even in the midst of rapid growth,” Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson said in a written statement. “This beautiful reserve provides yet another place for residents and visitors to escape to nature and experience the natural wonders of Wake County.”

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What makes the park unique are its equestrian trails. Only two other county parks – the American Tobacco Trail and Umstead State Park – allow public riding.

Sandy Pines offers 6.5 miles of walking and horseback riding trails that traverse a variety of habitats including pine forests, streams, a pond, and open fields. There are no toilets or water fountains in the reserve.

The reserve will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only until March 31. From April 1 to August 31, it will be open seven days a week between 8 a.m. and sunset.

The park is located at 7201 Doc Procter Road in Wendell.

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