History of Bogey Creek Preserve

After nearly two decades of conversations, negotiations, and yes, some blood, sweat and a few tears, Bogey Creek Preserve is finally a reality. North Florida Land Trust’s first publicly accessible park, Bogey Creek Preserve is a 75-acre gem in the Pumpkin Hill neighborhood of north Jacksonville. Prior to becoming a preserve, four generations of the Spencer family enjoyed the natural beauty and tranquility of this land. Sue Spencer, an author and environmentalist, lived on the property for decades and affectionately referred to the property as “Bugtussle.” North Florida Land Trust worked with the Spencer family to protect their land and raised the funds needed to purchase the property in 2017, a few months after Sue Spencer’s passing at the age of 97.

Bogey Creek Preserve is now part of 7 Creeks Recreation Area

Bogey Creek Preserve is now part of a connection of parks and preserves known as the 7 Creeks Recreation Area. The new designation is part of a partnership between NFLT, the City of Jacksonville, Florida State Parks, the National Park Service, and Timucuan Parks Foundation. It was created to highlight the area that is home to seven parks and preserves and the seven creeks that run through the area which include Bogey Creek, Clapboard Creek, Cedar Point Creek, Edwards Creek, Fitzpatrick Creek, Horseshoe Creek, and Pumpkin Hill Creek. Read more about 7 Creeks Recreation Area.

Visiting Bogey Creek Preserve

Bogey Creek Preserve, located at approximately 5500 Cedar Point Road in North Jacksonville, is now open to the public daily, from sunrise to sunset. This preserve showcases cypress swamps, coastal forests, and salt marsh that support a wide variety of wildlife. Visitors are invited to enjoy the walking trails, picnic areas, and scenic views, or land their kayaks at our landing on Bogey Creek. Check our calendar of events (nflt.org/calendarofevents/) for upcoming nature tours, trail work days, and more this fall and winter! We’re excited to finally share this beautiful place with our community and we hope to see you at Bogey Creek Preserve.


UPDATE: Deadline extended from Oct. 31 to Jan. 31 for the expansion of Bogey Creek Preserve. Only $50,000 needed to meet our goal! Visit the link in our bio to support the Bogey Creek Expansion.
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Thank you @keithnovosel for your lovely photographs of @nflandtrust properties to remind me throughout the day of where I would rather be than at a desk inside! But truly it is a reminder why I value the work that we do - inside and out. Thanks for the #inspiration! #volunteersrock #bogeycreekpreserve #NorthFloridaWild ...

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Happy National Public Lands Day! We hope you are enjoying your parks and public lands on this bright September day! #NPLD #NorthFloridaWild #NorthFloridaLandTrust Photo taken at #BogeyCreekPreserve by @keithnovosel ...

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A bronze frog spotted in the cypress swamp at Bogey Creek Preserve. Check out the strong dorsolateral folds that extend behind each eye down the individual’s back. Hop 🐸 on over to Bogey Creek Preserve for a chance to see this species!

📷: Alexa Putillo • Bogey Creek Preserve

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Last week a Florida Master Naturalist Program Conservation Science class toured Bogey Creek Preserve. During their field trip, the students brainstormed the conservation values of the property as well as management needs with NFLT staff. We hope the class enjoyed the trip, and we look forward to opening this property up to the general public! .
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After a wildly popular opening year, we are excited to announce an opportunity to expand the footprint and impact of #BogeyCreekPreserve! We hope to acquire 12 acres of adjacent forests and streams to expand the Bogey Creek Preserve trail system and protect this neighboring property from development. We only have until October to save this land!

Help us raise the needed funds by visiting the link in our bio and donating today!

📷: Douglas J. Eng of Bogey Creek Preserve

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Happy #NationalTrailsDay! Come enjoy the trails at our Bogey Creek Preserve today. This preserve showcases cypress swamps, coastal forests, and salt marsh that support a wide variety of wildlife on a mile-long loop. #bogeycreekpreserve #northfloridawild #northfloridalandtrust ...

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Property Spotlight: Bogey Creek Preserve
Acquired: October 2017
Acres: 75

The Bogey Creek Preserve protects nearly one mile of critical marsh front on Clapboard and Bogey Creeks. It neighbors Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. The property is a matrix of maritime hammock forest, seep-fed cypress swamps and mixed pine-oak forest. Once improvements are completed, Bogey Creek Preserve will have public walking trails, a picnic area, and will include signs throughout the property to explain all the ecosystems and unique parts of the property.
📷: Keith Novosel

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A $10,000 matching challenge grant has been issued by the Timucuan Parks Foundation @timucuanparks for the expansion of Bogey Creek Preserve! Thats doubling your impact! If you are interested in supporting this initiative please visit the link in our bio. #bogeycreekpreserve #bogeycreek #northfloridawild #northfloridalandtrust ...

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Bogey Creek Preserve is now part of a partnership that connects city, state, and national parks. Read more about this partnership by clicking the link in our bio.
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Bogey Creek Preserve was opened to the public ONE YEAR ago today! Whether you joined one of our naturalist tours, attended a field trip led by one of our partners, or visited on your own, we are grateful for everyone who has come to this special place, and are proud to offer it as a retreat to connect to nature. While Bogey Creek is currently closed, we look forward to safely reopening in the near future! Once reopen please continue to show us your experience at Bogey using the hashtag #bogeycreekpreserve. 📸: Kathleen Voight ...

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Some exciting things will be happening this year, like the opening of our first public preserve, Bogey Creek. 📷:Allison Cologne
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Photos taken in 1964 of present-day Bogey Creek Preserve reveal how little the landscape has changed since then. Because of its careful protection and preservation, Bogey Creek Preserve provides a glimpse into an earlier Florida. #ThrowbackThursday #bogeycreekpreserve #northfloridawild
Photos provided by Rob Spencer.

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The sunlight is hitting this Golden Orb Weaver just right. Do you notice the fluffy parts of the Orb Weaver's legs? Female Orb Weavers (N. clavipes) have legs that are banded brown and orange with two feathery tufts, or gaiters, on the mid-segments of two of their four pairs of legs. #northfloridawild #goldenorbweavers #bogeycreekpreserve
📷: Alex Putillo/Bogey Creek Preserve

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CONSERVATION WIN: Bogey Creek will be expanded!

We received the final donation needed to obtain 12 acres of land to expand Bogey Creek Preserve in north Jacksonville. An anonymous donor gave us $100,000 to help us reach the purchase price of $150,000 to acquire the land from the McGehee family.

Click the link in our bio to read more.

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We hope you have an evening as peaceful as the quiet but very alive #saltmarsh. #northfloridawild #lovetheland #saveourwildplaces Photo by @keithnovosel at #BogeyCreekPreserve ...

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We reopened our Bogey Creek Preserve for public use! We hope you enjoy your time on these trails. Please remember to continue to practice social distancing and keep a safe distance from other visitors. #bogeycreekpreserve #northfloridawild #northfloridlandtrust ...

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Sssssup? 🐍This slender, fast-moving snake is an eastern ribbon snake! It has three light (usually yellow) stripes that run along its dark body. Two stripes are along the sides and one stripe runs down the center of the back. This individual was spotted at NFLT’s Bogey Creek Preserve.
📷: Alexa Putillo • Bogey Creek Preserve
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The golden silk orb-weaver, or more commonly known as #bananaspider, is in the genus, #Nephilia, which is the oldest surviving genus of spiders dating back 165 million years. The genus name Nephila is derived from Ancient Greek, meaning "fond of spinning", from the words (nen) = to #spin + φίλος (philos) = #love. If you look closely in the light, you can see a beautiful #golden color in the weaver's web, which gives the spiders their common name. #goldensilkorbweaver #goldenorbweaver #summersfriend. Photo by @KeithNovosel at #BogeyCreekPreserve ...

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