Horizon Farm

a meadow with a pond at Horizon Farm
Horizon Farm in September 2014.

A former equestrian estate, Horizon Farm covers nearly 400 acres and features meadows, wetlands and small streams, as well as open habitat for grassland birds. After permanently acquiring the property in October 2019, the Forest Preserves has been working to provide access to the public in phases, starting in fall 2021.

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Horizon Farm Temporarily Closed

Oct. 22, 2020: Horizon Farm is closed temporarily while the Forest Preserves undertakes maintenance and site improvements, including building demolition, to prepare for public access starting in fall 2021.


Location & Things to Do

Horizon Farm

Entrance

Old Sutton Rd, south of Otis Rd
Barrington Hills, IL 60010

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Horizon Farm Trails

Surface

Unpaved

Estimated Total Length

1.2 miles

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts

*Please be a courteous trail user: Follow posted signs and our trail rules and etiquette.

Site Planning

Horizon Farm Temporarily Closed

Oct. 22, 2020: Horizon Farm is closed temporarily while the Forest Preserves undertakes maintenance and site improvements, including building demolition, to prepare for public access starting in fall 2021.

October 2020: The Forest Preserves has started a three-part activation plan to open Horizon Farm to the public. In total, more than 20 buildings that are beyond their useful life, in some cases in deep disrepair, will be demolished, and roads will be repaired or turned into trails. The northernmost section, approximately 40 percent of the property, is scheduled to open to the public in fall 2021. The remainder is scheduled to open in 2022.

During this activation process, the Forest Preserves will also work on a comprehensive plan for the long-term facilities and operations at Horizon Farm, a process that will take into account earlier planning efforts, input from local stakeholders and community outreach.

October 2019: After a protracted legal process, the Forest Preserves has regained possession of Horizon Farm and started an assessment of the current conditions of trails and buildings to determine any maintenance and safety issues, as well as planning for activation of the site for the public.

September 2017: Horizon Farm is closed while the Forest Preserves works to secure the public’s legal right to access this property.

December 2015: The Forest Preserves released an RFP to conduct market feasibility and preliminary market feasibility analysis for specific re-use concepts and any other concepts identified at Horizon Farm. The goal is to complete the research and have the findings by late spring 2016.

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. No community meetings are planned at this time, but continue to check this web page for updates. Contact planning@cookcountyil.gov with questions or feedback.

November/December 2014: View the Community Meeting presentation (PDF) from November 19, 2014.

October 2014: The next Community Meeting for Horizon Farm will be on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Countryside Elementary School. More details and invitation to follow.

July 2014: The Forest Preserves will begin a full site assessment, as well as make any necessary improvements for access and safety. This process can take many months.

June 2014: The first community outreach meeting took place on June 18 at Barrington Countryside Elementary School in Barrington.