Horton Grove Nature Preserve

708 acres in Durham County

Location: 7360 Jock Road, Bahama NC  27503
GPS Coordinates: 36.142293, -78.843658

Horton grove grassland

The native warm-season grassland at Horton Grove Nature Preserve is beautiful year-round.

About Horton Grove Nature Preserve

If a photo is worth 1,000 words, how about a video? Watch the video below, created by Duke Stories for Nature and People (DukeSNAP), to learn why you should visit Horton Grove Nature Preserve.

 

Opened in 2013, Horton Grove Nature Preserve is Triangle Land Conservancy’s largest public preserve. Visitors can currently enjoy approximately eight miles of trail, including the That Makes Sense Interpretative Trail for kids. TLC is working to expand the trail network to provide further hiking opportunities, including a connection to the Stagville State Historic Site. Once the entire trail network is completed, Horton Grove will provide over ten miles of trails perfect for hiking, trail running, families, or walking your dog.

These trails wind through mature forests, including upland oak-hickory forests, beech slopes, and several stands of mixed pine and hardwoods. TLC has restored two small native plant meadows here, including a 20-acre warm season grassland surrounding the main parking area. Open meadows and grasslands are important for numerous species but have become rare throughout North Carolina’s Piedmont. TLC restores habitats with native grasses to provide nesting and foraging opportunities for a variety of birds and pollinators, including monarch butterflies and honeybees.

Joan Curry, a volunteer and Hiking Challenge participant, provided this suggestion for visitors: “The observation platform in the prairie is an excellent place for a picnic lunch!”

Resources

Horton Grove Nature Preserve Trail Map

Trail Map (PDF)

Video – Restoring a native grass meadow at Horton Grove Nature Preserve:

Share your hikes and photos of Horton Grove Nature Preserve using the interactive Hiking Project app:


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