Completing the Loop

Boardwalk section showing pier and beam construction.

The Mason Farm Biological Reserve is a place for research, education, and appreciation of the natural world. This 367-acre wildlife preserve and natural area in Chapel Hill is home to over 800 species of plants, 216 species of birds, 29 species of mammals, 28 species of fish, 28 species of reptiles, 23 species of amphibians, and 67 species of butterflies.

The 450-foot wooden boardwalk through Siler’s Bog, a swamp forest at Mason Farm Biological Preserve, was destroyed by Hurricane Florence in fall 2018.  The boardwalk is an essential component of the 1.8-mile Old Farm Trail, a relatively flat loop that takes visitors through many of the habitats on the property.

Join our campaign to build a stronger boardwalk.  The new boardwalk will be anchored to the ground using pier and beam construction, which also provides better longevity.  With your support, construction will begin as early as Fall 2023.


Help us rebuild the Boardwalk and complete the Mason Farm loop!

For questions about making a gift, contact Stephen Keith at 919-962-9458.