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Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horseshoe Farm Road
Raleigh, NC 27587
Park Manager Amy Corbally
Park Description

Carved out by the meandering of the Neuse River, Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve sits on a U-shaped piece of land in northeastern Wake County with exceptional natural and cultural resources. The Preserve is a jewel along the Neuse River; a place of great natural beauty, abundant wildlife and rich heritage.

There is no running water on site so be sure to bring your own.

Surrounded on three sides by the Neuse River, Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve consists of primarily undeveloped pastures and woodland areas. The upland fields have been farmed as crops or used as pasture for generations. The floodplain forests adjacent to the Neuse River are designated by the State of North Carolina as a Significant Natural Heritage Area due to the presence of bottomland hardwood forests, wetlands, and a system of natural river levees. The most recent use for the land prior to the City’s 1994 purchase was as a farmhouse and horse pasture. With the help of a grant, plans are underway to renovate the farmhouse for future use as exhibit and interpretation space, however at this time, the farmhouse is not accessible.

Keep pets on a leash at all times. Pets can cause harm to plants, wildlife and people.

Pick up after your pet. We provide dog waste bags in the parking area.

Park only in designated parking spots.

Stay on trail.

Bicycles are not allowed on natural surface trail within the park.

Operating motorized equipment/toys and organized team play on field are not allowed.

Do not collect or remove plants or animals of any kind.

Alcoholic beverages, smoking, geocaching, hunting, off road vehicles and personal grills are prohibited.

All City of Raleigh ordinances apply




  • First come first serve basis – small groups and sharing of space encouraged
  • 6 tables (1 handicapped)
  • Individual grills are not permitted
  • No electricity
  • Limited trash receptacles – support sustainable practices with reusable utensils and containers; take trash home.

Hours of Operation: 7:00 am - 30 minutes before dusk

Fees: No entry fees for this park
Metro Region: Triangle, NC
Park Management: City

Handicap Accessible   Historical Structure   Nature Reserve   Open Space   Parking   Picnic Tables   Pond/Stream/Lake   Shelter/Pavillion   Trails, Natural Surface   Wildlife Viewing