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Horton Grove Nature Preserve

Horton Grove Nature Preserve is a private nature preserve in northern Durham County that is owned and managed by the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC).  At over 700 acres, Horton Grove is the largest TLC property open to the public and has about 8 miles of hiking trails for visitors to explore the area.  The Horton Grove area was once part of the 30,000-acre Stagville Plantation and trails are in the works to connect the nature preserve with Stagville State Historic Site.

Contact Information:

7360 Jock Road
Bahama, NC

GPS: 36.14229, -78.84366


The preserve is located in Bahama, northeast of Durham.  From Durham, head north on Roxboro Road, which is US-501 Business north of I-85.  About 1.5 miles north of I-85, bear right on Old Oxford Highway.  Follow this road for about 7.5 miles and turn left on Jock Road, which becomes gravel.  The parking area is on the left in 1.3 miles.




Horton Grove is a great place to see wildflowers in the spring.  The open meadow and forests provide habitat for a number of wildflower species.  One of my favorites is the dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata).

Green-and-Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) is another common species with bright yellow flowers with five petals.

Heartleaf foamflower have tall inflorescences with lots of little white flowers, giving them a "foamy" appearance.

Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) are less common, but I did find a couple of these in the preserve.

Star chickweed (Stellaria pubera) has small, white, star-shaped flowers with five petals.


I spotted this common box turtle (Terrapene carolina) while out hiking on a rainy day.  Box turtles or so named, because the lower shell is hinged and turtle can completely enclose itself.

Blog Entries:

16-Sep-2018: Hiking in Hurricane Florence

08-Apr-2017: Horton Grove & Penny's Bend

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