Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve

Raleigh, NC
United States
Project Size: 
115 acres
Project type: 
Open space - Park
Former Land Use: 
Terrestrial Biome: 
Temperate Broadleaf & Mixed Forests
Project overview: 

Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve is situated above a dramatic oxbow formed by the Neuse River and is a showcase for innovation in sustainability and low impact park development and management practices. The 115-acre site, designated a State Natural Heritage Area, has a rich cultural history and the preservation and enhancement of its large open meadow, mature forested slopes, wetlands and shoreline environments are key programming features. All park structures are designed “off-the-grid,” served by green, alternative energy systems, wastewater treatment terraces and on-site water sources to present unique interpretive and demonstration opportunities. Stormwater runoff is treated in a decentralized fashion, utilizing bioretention rain gardens, porous pavements and vegetated swales.