Bogey Creek Preserve & Pumpkin Hill Preserve State Park
See rare coastal uplands and one of North Florida Land Trust's preserves
Leaders: Emily Dunn & Meghan Harris
Start Time at Site: 10:00 AM
End Time at Site: 2:00 PM
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
Bogey Creek Preserve is a seventy-five acre scenic preserve consisting of a mix of maritime hammock forest, seep-fed cypress swamps and mixed pine-oak forest. Opened to the public in 2019, it is the North Florida Land Trust's (NFLT) first public access preserve. The tour will be led by an NFLT staff member and a member of the Spencer family, the former owners of the property, who will tell you about her experiences growing up on the property.
After the tour of Bogey Creek Preseve, you will drive three miles to the entrance to Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park. The two properties are contiguous.
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park contains one of the largest contiguous areas of coastal uplands (natural pine flatwoods) remaining in Duval County. This 4,546 acre state park protects the water quality of the Nassau and St. Johns rivers, ensuring the survival of aquatic plants and animals, and providing an important refuge for birds. The park includes twenty-one natural communities, fifteen miles of multi-use trials and canoe/kayak access to creeks feeding the St. Johns River. Wildlife is abundant and ranges from the American Alligator to the Endangered Wood Stork. Rare plants known to occur at Pumpkin Hill include pond spice (Litsea aestivalis), hooded pitcher plant (Sarracenia minor), and rosebud orchid (Cleistesiopsis divaricata, possibly in bloom!). Our leader will be a park biologist who conducts regular plant surveys on-site and will be able to locate some of these rare plants and other interesting native plants of the northeast Florida coastal pine flatwoods as well as talk about the wildlife and history of the area.
Rosebud Orchid (Cleistesiopsis divaricata) photo by Adam Arendell, Ixia Chapter President