Bogey Creek Expansion
After a wildly popular opening year, we have an opportunity to expand the footprint and impact of Bogey Creek Preserve! The Preserve is North Florida Land Trust’s first public park, which opened to the community in April of 2019. It is a beautiful example of “Old Florida” with its 70 acres of cypress swamp, maritime hammock forest, and salt marsh overlooking the Timucuan Preserve in Duval County. Trails on the Preserve take you through the various ecosystems and the experience is a step back in time, into the wild. You can read more about the expansion here: BOGEY CREEK EXPANSION
Now, we need your help to acquire an additional 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 $150,000 by October 2020 to protect Bogey Creek!
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.
Visiting Bogey Creek Preserve
Bogey Creek Preserve, located at approximately 6141 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.