Explore SW Florida history at Buckingham Trails Preserve

Lee County, Florida Parks & Recreation invites visitors and residents to explore the new hiking and equestrian trails at Conservation 20/20’s Buckingham Trails Preserve located in east Fort Myers.

The preserve provides a newly built parking area and trail system totaling more than 7 miles. There are 2.3 miles of hiking trails and 4.8 miles for both horseback riding and hiking.

This 572-acre preserve features scrubby and mesic flatwoods along with several small wetland systems and cultural resources associated with the property’s past military use. The trail system has several historic elements, including the remnants of trap ranges and two ground-moving target ranges. Educational signs are continually being added to the site.

Wildlife species onsite include the threatened gopher tortoise, Florida sandhill crane and the Cooper’s hawk. Many invasive plant species have been removed. Recreation opportunities include bird watching, hiking trails, horseback riding, nature study and photography.

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