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.