Located in an oxbow of the Neuse River in northeast Raleigh, the nearly 146-acre Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve is a unique jewel in the Raleigh Parks & Recreation system. It consists of open upland fields as well as bottom land hardwood forests, wetlands and a system of natural river levees that have been designated a Significant Natural Heritage Area by the state. Wake Audubon works cooperatively with Raleigh Parks through an Adopt-a-Park agreement to provide and maintain birdhouses for Purple Martins and Bluebirds with owl boxes planned for the future. To date, 125 bird species have been confirmed in the Preserve along with numerous mammals, butterflies and native plants.
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve is currently in Phase I development for a nature park that includes improvements to the entrance drive and dam, parking, signage, natural resource management, soft surface walking trails, and connection to the Neuse River Greenway. A Wildlife Habitat Zone Advisory Team has provided design, planning, and management recommendations for wildlife habitat to be used in the planning process. The Nature Preserve has been selected by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) to participate in a new program testing the nation’s first rating system for green landscape design, construction and maintenance. This international pilot project will evaluate the new SITES rating system for sustainable landscapes.
With the dawn of each new day, Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve comes alive with a chorus of birdsong and animals awakening from a night of rest. As the seasons change, so do the rhythms of the park. Visit often, year round from dawn to dusk to discover the full range of natures splendor in this beautiful setting.