Buckingham Trails Preserve

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Buckingham Trails Preserve
8790 Buckingham Road
Fort Myers, Florida 33905

Total Acres: 572.11
Number of Parcels: 1
Total Cost: $12,584,000.00
Date Acquired: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Lee Waller
Telephone: (239) 707-0862

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Located in east Lee County in the Buckingham area, this 572-acre preserve consists of mostly pine flatwoods and open scrub habitat. There is a 2.3-mile trail for hiking only and nearly 5 additional miles for combined equestrian use and hiking.

The land within this preserve was formerly used as part of the Buckingham Army Air Field, a U.S. military training base between 1943 and 1945 during World War II. Four trap shooting bunkers remain onsite, along with two jeep tracks that were used for target practice. Additionally, an elevated berm that once served as part of the former military supply railroad is still evident. To learn more, download the Buckingham Army Air Field brochure or watch this short video about the history of the air field.

Restoration efforts at this preserve have included controlling the spread of several invasive exotic plant species, including removing dense stands of melaleuca, Brazilian pepper, and Australian pine. In the southwest corner of the preserve, a small cypress head that was previously clogged with melaleuca is now more open and natural. Additionally, along the southern and eastern boundaries, habitat is now improved to support gopher tortoises, a state-listed protected species.

Recreation Opportunities:
Bird Watching, Camping, Geocaching, Hiking (Marked Trails), Horseback Riding, Nature Study/Photography

Buckingham Trails Trail Map

The preserve is open daily during daylight hours. Pets are not permitted at this preserve.

Additional Information:
***Please note that the camping at this site has been temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 virus as of 3/24. Primitive camping would normally be available from November 1st until April 31st. A free permit must be obtained in advance. Download camping permit application and camping rules

Preserve Links:

Wildlife List

Plant List

Preserve Map:

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