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.

On this page:


Horizon Farm Northern Section Now Open

The northern section of Horizon Farm is open to the public for activities like hiking, birding, photography and cross country-skiing. Please note: There are no official trails open at this time. The remaining property is scheduled to open to equestrians and others in 2022. View a map of the open area (PDF).

Horizon Farm Public Meeting

A public meeting is slated for Tuesday, June 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Barrington’s White House, 145 W Main St. in Barrington. Attendees will learn about the latest site planning efforts for Horizon Farm and share feedback and ideas. There will be a brief presentation at 6:15 pm and then Forest Preserves staff will be available to hear from attendees individually.


Location & Things to Do

Horizon Farm

Entrance

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

Things to Do & Amenities

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Site Planning

The Forest Preserves is working on a long-term, comprehensive plan for Horizon Farm. This process will consider earlier planning efforts, input from local stakeholders and feedback from community outreach efforts.

We will host community meetings in early 2022. Meeting dates and planning documents will be posted on this page. Email planning@cookcountyil.gov for more information. 


November 2021: The northern section of Horizon Farm is open to the public for activities like hiking, birding, photography and cross country-skiing. Please note: There are no official trails open at this time. The remaining property is scheduled to open to equestrians and others in 2022. View a map of the open area (PDF).

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.

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.