Lochwinds is a small subdivision within the larger Lochmere neighborhood and located in Cary, North Carolina. Cary is a suburb just a few miles west of Raleigh and it is home to many pleasant, upscale communities such as Lochmere. It is mostly populated by middle and upper-class families and is a popular spot to move to for its good public school system and ease of living. The neighborhood stretches for several miles in the southern corner of Cary and it has different subdivisions, like Lochwinds, that branch off from main roads.
Cary experiences all four seasons quite distinctly. Its summers are hot and humid and its winters usually stay within the 30 to 40 degree range. There are still multiple snow days a year in this part of North Carolina, but its cold season can be hard to predict. The transitional seasons, however, can be beautiful, mild, and perfect for dog walking.
The town of Cary is not a particularly hilly place on average, but there are a few inclines within the borders of Lochwinds. After turning into the subdivision off of Summerwinds Drive, you will begin at the top of a small hill that slowly descends as you go further into the neighborhood. There are several cul-de-sacs at the western edge of the neighborhood and the houses within them all border on a small community lake.
Lochmere is a popular yet quiet neighborhood, so you shouldn’t expect much foot or street traffic in the Lochwinds area. The streets may become busier around normal rush hour times as commuters head to and from work but if you stay off the main roads of the neighborhood, you will not face much congestion. There will likely be other dog walkers traversing the area due to the neighborhood being full of dog-owning families!
There are no major parks or greenways within the boundaries of Lochwinds, but there are several to be explored within a short walking distance. Lochmere is such a large community area that it is also home to a few nature preserves and golf courses. One such area known as the Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve is a land mass spanning 23 acres just a few blocks south of the Lochwinds neighborhood. The area is popular for its hiking trails and the large creek that runs through its center as well as the forests that have existed for centuries within its bounds.
Just a few steps to the east of the Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve is the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve which is similar to Swift Creek in size and its variety of activities. It is also bordered by Harold Ritter Park which has multiple athletic facilities, playgrounds, and open green space.