New Hope Creek from NC 54 to Chapel Hill Road
(Component 1 of New Hope Corridor Open Space Master Plan)
Description and Special Features
Leigh Farm, an 19th century plantation now owned by the City of Durham and being preserved as a Heritage Park
An NC54-I40 Corridor Study is underway. Our Committee is thinking through how widening of NC 54 east of I-40 would affect New Hope resources, and also considering bike/pedestrian links east and west and the relation of them to Leigh Farm Park and to our planned trail between Chapel Hill Rd. and NC 54.
Read about a Civil War skirmish near the present-day site of Leigh Farm Park.
In the News
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Text from 1991 New Hope Corridor Open Space Master Plan
Existing Land Use & Ownership
Future Land Use
Undeveloped privately owned lands will probably remain single-family residential. Future land use in this vicinity is shown in the Southwest Durham Plan as less than four units per acre.
The entire 100-year floodplain is owned by the federal government and is subject to its protection measures. In particular, much of the land in this component lies within the Corps of Engineers land for Jordan Lake. Eight vegetation sites were identified by Ed Harrison in this component, comprising the New Hope Bottomlands Forest and Tributary Wetlands, the New Hope Swamp Forest and Tributary Wetlands, and the Leigh Farm Area Upland. Additionally, two sites from the Inventory of Natural Areas and Rare Species of Durham County lie in this area, the New Hope Bottomland Forest and the New Hope Overcup Oak Forest.
The Corps land is included in this component because the Master Plan provides an opportunity to develop the existing resources of the Corps land and other adjacent resources into an integrated system for educational and recreational use. The Corps land, significant Durham County Inventory sites, Jordan High School, and Leigh Farm offer the possibility of developing a trail network and a center for cultural history and environmental education.
Recommendations for Protection & Use