Jacksonville, Fla., May 11, 2020 – North Florida Land Trust will reopen Bogey Creek Preserve on Tuesday, May 12. The nonprofit’s public park will be open from sunrise to sunset and the public will be able to once again access the park seven days a week. Visitors are asked to maintain social distancing guidelines and remain six feet away from other visitors as they enjoy the trails and scenery.
“We are glad we can now reopen this beautiful property for public use but we urge everyone to please remain safe as they visit,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “We have rearranged our picnic areas to keep visitors a safe distance apart. Our usual programs and tours that we host at the preserve are still on hold for the time being. We are currently looking at safe ways we can bring those back to the community.”
Bogey Creek Preserve is located in the Pumpkin Hill neighborhood in North Jacksonville at approximately 6141 Cedar Point Rd. It offers more than a mile of trails through a mix of maritime hammock forest, seep-fed cypress swamps and mixed pine-oak forest. It has scenic overlooks, picnic areas and a kayak landing on Bogey Creek. The 75-acre scenic preserve neighbors Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and protects nearly one mile of critical marsh front on Clapboard and Bogey Creeks.
NFLT opened Bogey Creek Preserve to the public in 2019 after years of working to acquire the property through donations from the community. The nonprofit has led birdwatching trips, naturalist tours, hikes, nature yoga and other programs at the preserve since its opening and will resume programs as soon as it is safe to do so. More information about Bogey Creek Preserve can be found at https://www.nflt.org/bogeycreekpreserve/.
About North Florida Land Trust North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to protect the natural resources, historic places and working lands (farms and ranches) throughout north Florida. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations.