History of Bogey Creek Preserve
After nearly two decades of conversations and negotiations, Bogey Creek Preserve as we know it today became 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.” NFLT 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 part of 7 Creeks Recreation Area
Bogey Creek Preserve is part of a collection of parks and preserves known as the 7 Creeks Recreation Area. The designation marks a partnership between NFLT, the City of Jacksonville, Florida State Parks, the National Park Service, and the Timucuan Parks Foundation and was created to showcase the thousands of acres of natural habitat and expansive saltmarsh that is home to seven parks and preserves and the seven creeks that run through the area: Bogey Creek, Clapboard Creek, Cedar Point Creek, Edwards Creek, Fitzpatrick Creek, Horseshoe Creek, and Pumpkin Hill Creek. Read more about 7 Creeks Recreation Area here.
Visiting Bogey Creek Preserve
Bogey Creek Preserve is located at 5500 Cedar Point Road in North Jacksonville and is open to the public daily, from sunrise to sunset. This preserve showcases cypress swamps, coastal forests, and salt marsh and the area supports a wide variety of wildlife. Visitors are invited to enjoy the walking trails, picnic areas, and scenic views, or land their kayaks at Bogey Creek landing. We’re excited to share this beautiful place with our community and we hope to see you at Bogey Creek Preserve.
Learn more about the many amphibians and reptiles you may discover while visiting Bogey Creek Preserve by checking out our herpetology field guide!