Rules and Regulations

Admission to Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is always FREE, but maintaining it is NOT! Please visit our support page to learn how you can help keep TCNP open.


Our swimming/wading restrictions have been lifted. However, if crowds become too large or if visitor compliance with the State’s COVID-19 guidelines becomes an issue, we may be forced to close without warning. We are going to depend on you to help us to keep this going. Please respect our rules and leave before closing, we want to provide this outlet for you, but it is up to you to ensure it works.

All visitors will be expected to follow statewide COVID-19 guidelines. No group sizes larger than 10 will be permitted and masks are required when around other non-family/household members.

NOTICE: Photography Permit Regulations go into effect on December 1st, 2020. For more information, visit:

Preserve Rules and Regulations

NO Alcoholic Beverages or Controlled Substances (coolers and cups are subject to search)
NO Discharging of Firearms
NO Littering
NO Horses
NO Wood or Charcoal Grills
NO Metal Detectors
NO Tents or Camping
NO Profanity
NO Music or Speakers
NO Balloons
NO Loitering in vehicle
NO Speeding
Parking permitted in designated spots in established parking lots ONLY
ALL Visitors MUST exit BEFORE posted closing time
DO NOT Disturb, Harm, or Remove ANY Wildlife or Artifacts

It is illegal to remove, move, or change anything in the Preserve, including anything naturally or unnaturally occurring.

All visitors must remain properly clothed at all times. Traditional swimwear is permitted, but no provocative clothing will be allowed.

Dogs are welcome, but always must be kept on a physical leash at all times and all waste must be removed. Other than dogs, no other pets, animals or exotic species are permitted.

Our rules and regulations are strictly enforced. Any violators of our posted rules (including traffic laws) will immediately loose access to the Preserve and could face prosecution. There will not be any additional warnings provided.

Fishing at TCNP is permitted under the following guidelines:

Still and Video Photography: All professional and commercial photographers must apply and be accepted for a photography permit prior to shooting within the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. This includes any shoots that use models, advertising, promotional/marketing materials, or results in any financial gain. Photographers that meet these requirements but are found shooting at Turkey Creek without a permit will be required to immediately cease all activity and will be banned from returning to the property. More information and permit applications can be found here:

Keep in mind that Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is a Nature Preserve, so please, leave it as you found it.

Your efforts will go a long way towards preserving its natural beauty for generations to come.

Thank You