Piney Ridge Nature Preserve is a 39-acre tract of land offering a .50-.69 mile (depending how much you want to explore off of main path) path nature trail through the preserve on paved, dirt and cobblestones paths. A major feature of the preserve is the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Garden. Dogs areable to use this trail but must be kept on leash - there are trash bins along the path but no dog bag stations.
Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Garden
The garden features a collection of carnivorous plants including Venus Fly Traps a variety of Pitcher Plants and Sundews. The garden area is approximately .728 of an acre. Interpretive signage is on site to provide information about the garden. The garden was named in honor of Stanley Rehder in 2012, who passed away later that year. A Wilmington native, he was known as the “Flytrap Man” and worked tirelessly for the protection of carnivorous plants. The garden aims to connect the public to the very special plants that only grow naturally within a 70 mile radius of Wilmington.
Hours of Operation: Sunup-Sunset
- Pervious concrete walking trail
- Wooden overlook
- Interpretive signage
- Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden.
'JOLLY' RUFUS QUICK REVIEW:
Best time to visit is the springtime (when most everything is in bloom). I had a nice little jaunt on various types of ground (pavement and dirt and a little mud) for me to enjoy the sites and sounds and especially the variety of things to sniff!!! The preserve had several wooden plaque boards with strange symbols and pictures on them that my human found interesting to look at for a minute or two --- for some reason, my human found these interesting BUT!!! stuff like a bush or pile of pine straw to stop and sniff (every 15 feet!!!) with hundreds of awesome smells not interesting at all --- go figure humans and their weird ways! Not a long walk, but it can be expanded by exploring the sidewalked neighborhood around the preserve. I saw a rabbit, butterflies and several birds (along with a lot of strange looking flowers and plants) which also made it interesting! My human had to bring doggie bags because there is no doggie station.
3800 Canterbury Rd., Wilmington, NC, 28403