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Birding · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Well-marked trails, picnic areas, camping, and natural play area at the visitor center all make this a great route for the whole family.
Open only during the fall and winter season - October through May, except for hunt weekends as noted on the website, Christmas weekend, and New Years Day. Check the Conservation Collier Website
for more information.
Stop in to the visitor center on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm October - May to receive a free daily permit to access the ranch road and trails. The main ranch road bisects the open pasture area of the preserve, where Crested caracara, sandhill cranes, deer and cattle may often be observed. It offers vista views of pastures bordered by native hardwood and cypress wetland forests. Parking areas identified on the preserve map allow visitors to access the varied trailheads located off the main ranch road.
Flora & Fauna
In early October, stunning views of pastures filled with native southeastern sunflowers (Helianthus agrestis) can usually be viewed. A wet summer will vary the schedule of blooming but, almost always, the blooms arrive during the fist 2 weeks of October. Many foraging bird species can be observed in the isolated wetlands dotting the pastures, and Crested caracara, red shouldered hawks, eagles and sandhill cranes are typically seen. Deer are often present in the pastures with cattle.
Shared By: Alexandra Sulecki