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Horton Grove Nature Preserve


Jock Rd
Bahama, NC 27503
Phone: (919) 908-8809
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Photo of Benjamin Williams Benjamin Williams
Nov 26, 2018 5

Accessible nature preserve with good parking, an excellent job has been done on providing interpretation boards along the trails which are well maintained. A nice viewing platform makes for a good spot to watch wildlife from. Well worth a visit.

Photo of I Don't I Don't
Apr 20, 2019 3

it's real. I've only explored a little bit of it

Photo of dale fluke dale fluke
Apr 22, 2019 4

Lovely well marked trails. Lots of wildflowers and ferns right now.

Photo of John Dinyari John Dinyari
Apr 20, 2019 5

Beautiful creeks, trees and plants. A public treasure.

Photo of lindaipo1 . lindaipo1 .
Feb 21, 2019 5

Very old and quiet on dirt road containing a lot of history that you can feel.

Photo of Fortuitous Capture Fortuitous Capture Fortuitous Capture Fortuitous Capture
Oct 5, 2019 4

It was nice, trails were well maintained.

Photo of Robert Ullrich Robert Ullrich
Sep 20, 2019 5

10 miles of trails, nicely maintained.

Photo of Kevin Rumsey Kevin Rumsey
Oct 19, 2019 5

Excellent way to enjoy nature

Photo of dawn hymel dawn hymel
Jan 31, 2020 5

6 miles if peace and quite

Photo of Bob Johnson Bob Johnson
Feb 10, 2020 5

Another homerun by TLC! Nice, out of the way trail access with ample parking, easy trails, and great nature viewing/bathing. The parking area is right at the big field. They burn it regularly and encourage plants that local flora and fauna like, such as milkweed for the monarchs. On a warm late afternoon you can see all kinds of bugs and birds and critters. Nice observation deck in the middle of the field. A few miles of trails circumnavigate the land, allowing a not too technical 5K run, or relatively easy walking. Trails get a little squishy down near the creeks when its rained recently, but not that bad. Highly recommended.

Photo of Zach Sunderland Zach Sunderland
May 6, 2018 4

Come for the history, stay for the hiking. The historic site is very well preserved and maintained, access to the park is free but limited without being part of the tour. If you want to see inside the structures you’ll have to go with a guide. Signage is a bit dilapidated so brush up on history beforehand. Parking is plentiful and this place has never been crowded while I’ve been there. Dogs are welcome. Very easy hiking so a good place if you want to bring kiddos. Lots of ticks so check yourself afterwards. Hiking is fairly extensive and well maintained for what it is.

Photo of Christopher Boyce Christopher Boyce
Jan 1, 2015 4

Hiked this preserve over the Christmas holiday with my dog. The Triangle Land Conservancy recently completed 8 miles of single track through this preserve. Most of it courses up and down small forested stream valleys. The forest itself mostly consists of mature hardwoods. Ferns are a common sight, giving the landscape a primeval look. There is a nice meadow trail as well.

Photo of Justin P Justin P
Apr 12, 2017 5

Horton Grove is a beautiful nature preserve in northern Durham County near the community of Bahama, protected by Triangle Land Conservancy, a private non-profit dedicated to protecting land around the Triangle region. Once part of the 30,000-acre Stagville Plantation, Horton Grove protects much of the former agricultural land that has mostly reverted to forest. TLC maintains an open meadow area on the preserve through controlled burns. With around eight miles of trails, it's a great place for a hike or to take the dog for a walk. We visited in early April and there were a lot of wildflowers blooming along the forest floor. And unlike more popular hiking spots like Eno River, I think we only saw one other person the entire time we were here.

Photo of Suzette Roach Suzette Roach
Jun 27, 2020 5

Shady, well maintained trails a little off the beaten path.

Photo of Amanda Canter Amanda Canter
Jul 11, 2020 5

So peaceful and relaxing. I saw two blue birds in the meadow and a young fawn leaping through the forest.

Photo of Juan Disla Juan Disla
Aug 27, 2020 5

Beautiful place