Hickey Creek Mitigation Park supports a variety of native Florida plants and wildlife, including the gopher tortoise, a state-listed threatened species, and the Florida Scrub-Jay, a federally-listed threatened bird species. Other wildlife includes the Florida Panther, bobcats, eastern indigo snakes, American alligators, and river otters.
The acquisition of land parcels to form Hickey Creek Mitigation Park started in 1994, while the park itself opened to the public in 2002. Today, the park is approximately 950 acres of pine flatwoods, scrub, freshwater marshes, cypress swamps, and hardwood hammock. The acquisition of Hickey Creek Mitigation Park was also partially funded by the Florida Communities Trust.
The park is co-managed by Lee County Parks & Recreation, Conservation 20/20, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Three parcels, totaling 82 acres, were acquired between 1998 and 2007 through the Conservation 20/20 program. A fourth Conservation 20/20 parcel totaling 14 acres, known as Hickey Creek Greenbriar Connector, is located directly to the south of the park.
Environmental mitigation is an effort to offset the impacts from development on a particular wildlife species or natural plant community. The establishment of mitigation areas are a common alternative for developers to mitigate elsewhere the impacts of development on their own land. Hickey Creek Mitigation Park was established primarily to mitigate for the loss of gopher tortoise habitat due to development.
For more information about the park, visit the Lee County Parks & Recreation website.
Bird Watching, Canoeing/Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking (Marked Trails), Nature Study/Photography, Picnic Area
Hickey Creek Mitigation Park Trail Map
The park is open daily during daylight hours.
Public amenities include paved parking, marked hiking trails, a restroom, fishing dock, and a sheltered picnic area. A parking fee applies for 1/hour or $5/day. An ADA-accessible trail leads from the parking entrance to Hickey Creek and a small amphitheater. These amenities are not located on the Conservation 20/20 parcels.
The park also includes a paddlecraft landing and is listed as a destination on The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail.