An area on the cusp of increased residential growth now has the first of three installments of all-natural recreational space to enjoy.
The Robertson Millpond Preserve is the first Wake County open space property to be tapped for public use. The 85-acre tract, located along Buffalo Creek off Robertson Pond Road, is only open on weekends and select holidays for now.
Mostly swampland, the space initially caters to fishing and non-motorized boating.
Its almost all water, said Chris Snow, director of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. The dry land where the parking is and the area where you can put a boat in is almost 4 acres.
Its more than just an abundance of water, however. It is a blackwater cypress swamp and is thought to be the only one of its kind in the Piedmont region.
Robertson Millpond is the product of Buffalo Creek being dammed in the 1820s to power a gristmill and features the countys only known population of bald cypress trees. The cypress play a role in the preserves classification as a blackwater swamp, which are almost exclusively found in the Coastal Plain.
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