Local Government

The Town of Cary began as a settlement called Bradford’s Ordinary in 1750. Cary provides water, sewer, fire, police, emergency services, and a host of other services and recreational activities to all residents. Cary has developed many parks and greenway trails for its residents. Carolina Preserve borders the American Tobacco Trail, a 22+ mile multi-use trail that extends from the towns of Apex and Cary to Durham and Duke University.

Chatham County is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 1,998,808 as of U.S. Census 2012 Population Estimates.  The US Army Corps of Engineers started construction on Jordan Lake Dam in 1967.  The Jordan Lake State Recreation Area  covers nearly 47,000 acres, and is less than a 30-minute drive to the west of Carolina Preserve.

Wake County is home to NC State University and the 2006 Stanley Cup Champions, the Carolina Hurricanes. Wake County is also the center of state government, with North Carolina’s Capitol Building, legislature and many government offices located in Raleigh. Nearby Lake Crabtree County Park offers visitors opportunities for outdoor recreation. Located on a 215-acre site next to a 520-acre flood control lake, the park hosts more than 16 miles of trails for its main activity. Other activities include group and individual picnicking, catch-and-release fishing, boating, and nature study.

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