WakeNature Preserves represent the finest natural areas in Wake County. Each preserve has a management plan that has been using criteria for designation and stewardship developed by the WakeNature Preserve Partnership.
There are currently (2015) three designated WakeNature Preserves.
- Robertson Millpond Preserve, owned & managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space (designated 2015)
- Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve, owned & managed by Triangle Land Conservancy (designated 2013)
- Turnipseed Nature Preserve, owned and managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space (designated 2010)