A community treasure

The new boardwalk at Mason Farm Biological Reserve is now complete: you can once again hike the full 1.8-mile Old Farm Trail!

This 450-foot boardwalk replaces the original structure destroyed by Hurricane Florence in 2018. It travels through Siler’s Bog, a swampy area in the southern part of Mason Farm that was impassable for much of the last five years. The Old Farm Trail is the sole trail through Mason Farm that leads visitors through the site’s many habitats, from old farm fields to bottomland swamp forests.

Contractors built the new boardwalk using pier and beam construction. Approved for the 100-year floodplain, this technique ensures the new boardwalk is better equipped to handle flooding.

The Garden received some funding from FEMA after Hurricane Florence, but in order to get the boardwalk open to visitors as soon as possible, we had to dip into our rainy day fund. Please consider donating to help us cover the costs of constructing this special resource!


Help fund your boardwalk at Mason Farm

For additional ways to make a gift, contact Stephen Keith at 919-962-9458.