June 2015: A major portion of Horizon Farm is now open to the public for hiking, biking and riding on both paved and mowed trails. Parking for vehicles and horse trailers is available through the entrance on the west side of the site off Old Sutton Road. The public may also ride or walk in on the bridle trail on the east side of the site off of Trader’s Estate road. Trails at Horizon Farm connect to trails in the Spring Creek Preserve west of Old Sutton Road. Most of the southern portion of the site remains closed to the public while the Forest Preserves continues to assess the condition of buildings and explore potential uses of the property. Click here to visit the site map.
The Forest Preserve anticipates this large parcel will offer opportunities for hiking, horseback riding and simply enjoying nature. There will likely be opportunities to restore additional habitat for wildlife such as grassland birds.
The planning process will also take into account the site’s equestrian history, its existing infrastructure, and other equestrian facilities in the area to decide what additional role horses may play.
The Forest Preserve states that public input is key to the future of Horizon Farm and encourages you to join them at public meetings (no meetings are scheduled at this date however visit “Updates” on the Horizon Farm page on the Forest Preserve website for more information) or e-mail thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.