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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 the 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 for upcoming nature tours, trail workdays, and more! We’re excited to share this beautiful place with our community and we hope to see you at Bogey Creek Preserve.

Discover the various ways you can engage with Bogey Creek Preserve here.

Learn more about the many amphibians and reptiles you may discover while visiting Bogey Creek Preserve by checking out our herpetology field guide!

Visit Bogey Creek Preserve Virtually!


Today celebrates 3 years since Bogey Creek's grand opening. Many have enjoyed the trail and land at Bogey, which is now part of the 7 Creeks Recreation Area. We will soon be adding an additional hiking trail through the expansion piece we acquired in 2021. This May 4th, visit Bogey Creek Preserve, and may the forest be with you!

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Longleaf Pine in the bottlebrush stage. During this stage of growth, longleaf pine trees are slightly more vulnerable to fire as it may take a year or so before the bark thickens enough to withstand most fires. The longleaf may remain in this stage for a couple of years.

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Trail mapping at Bogey.

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Bugtussle oyster bonfire with tractor assist.
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Bugtussle Sunset. Bogey Creek. Jacksonville FL.
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Reaching for the creek - Bogey Creek
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A distressed dog howls from the woods behind me. Good morning.

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Have you visited to #BogeyCreekPreserve? Enjoy the mile long hiking trail and finish with a picnic at Bogey Landing right on the marsh. You can also dive into our herpetology field guide to learn more about the reptiles and amphibians within the preserve. Find out more here: https://www.nflt.org/bogey-creek-preserve/

📸: Alexa Putillo • Bogey Creek Landing

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#tbt the view is worth it💙

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**TOMORROW is the last day to participate in the Bogey Creek Scavenger Hunt!**

Visit the Bogey Creek kiosk for further instructions on how to complete the hunt. Be sure to submit your findings to aputillo@nflt.org by tomorrow evening to be entered into a raffle to win a bunch of NFLT swag. We will announce the winner Monday 4/12.

Good luck!

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