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Horton Grove Nature Preserve

4.7

Jock Rd
Bahama, NC 27503
Phone: (919) 908-8809
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Photo of Gavin Young Gavin Young
Oct 4, 2021 5

Great TLC preserve with plenty to offer for lovers of flat trails and rocky trails too.

Photo of Samantha Cullifer Samantha Cullifer
Feb 28, 2021 5

Great 1-2mi trails that link together to customize the length of your perfect day hike!

Photo of Mark Easley Mark Easley
Feb 20, 2021 5

Very nice woodland trail network. A few historical structures to make trip worthwhile.

Photo of Gwendolyn Myshrall Gwendolyn Myshrall
Nov 27, 2021 5

I love being able to hike and explore places of historical significance. This place is so neat. There are several trails throughout the reserve that used to belong to Historic Stagville. Each trail is named after an enslaved family that lived on the plantation and kiosks through the reserve tell you about the families and wildlife within the reserve. The trails are well marked and maintained and you have the option to combine many of them to extend the hike if you wish. The terrain is pretty flat throughout so it would be a nice excursion for the whole family.

Photo of Crystal Willett Crystal Willett
Jan 13, 2021 5

Very nice and clean trails

Photo of Tyler Cooper Tyler Cooper
Nov 24, 2020 5

A series of Pleasant trails with small educational plaques. A series of loops most 1-2 miles long. You could do them one at a time for a short trip or multiple ones to get a whole days hike in. We like this little getaway that is close to Durham, but far enough away to be quiet and natural. Very close to the Stagville Historical Plantation.

Photo of Luke Smith Luke Smith
Sep 27, 2020 5

Wonderfully maintained trail system!

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 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 Juan Disla Juan Disla
Aug 27, 2020 5

Beautiful place

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 Suzette Roach Suzette Roach
Jun 27, 2020 5

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

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 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 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 dawn hymel dawn hymel
Jan 31, 2020 5

6 miles if peace and quite

Photo of Kevin Rumsey Kevin Rumsey
Oct 19, 2019 5

Excellent way to enjoy nature

Photo of Robert Ullrich Robert Ullrich
Sep 20, 2019 5

10 miles of trails, nicely maintained.

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

It was nice, trails were well maintained.

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 John Dinyari John Dinyari
Apr 20, 2019 5

Beautiful creeks, trees and plants. A public treasure.

Photo of dale fluke dale fluke
Apr 22, 2019 4

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

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 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 Hal Sandick Hal Sandick
Apr 21, 2022 5

Love this place. In a small area several different ecosystems, ie, separate hard wood and pine groves. Many types of flowers. Dwarf irises in early April.

Photo of Chris Maine Chris Maine
Jun 4, 2022 5

Beautiful nature area only 15 min from downtown with plenty of parking, historical buildings and trails.

Photo of Leslie Pruneau Leslie Pruneau
Jun 7, 2022 5

Worth the drive everytime. A+++ Thank you, Triangle Land Conservancy!

Photo of Gregg Gusta Gregg Gusta
Jun 9, 2022 5

It was nice. I went there on a motorcycle and depending how you enter it's either 1 mile or.5 mile down a gravel road. So just a word of caution if you aren't going by car truck or SUV. It's a nice gravel road. But still... Lots of loop trails. Everything I walked on was very easy and flat. Glad I stopped by because this was pretty far east of where I live. It just happened to fall in the middle of a motorcycle ride I was on. Photo of map attached.