Buckingham Trails Preserve

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Buckingham Trails Preserve

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Address:

8790 Buckingham Road
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Region:

South

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Buckingham Trails Preserve is located east of Fort Myers and it 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. Equestrian use is prohibited on the pedestrian hiking trails to prevent damage to the historic features of the property. 

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 as a portion of the Buckingham Army Air Field. This gunnery training school consisted of a 5 week training which graduated over 50,000 gunners who were responsible for manning the 30 and 50 caliber turrets on B-17 bombers used in WWII. The trail system has several historic elements, including the remnants of trap ranges and two ground-moving target ranges.

Wildlife species on site include the threatened gopher tortoise, Florida sandhill crane and the Cooper’s hawk. Many invasive plant species have been removed.

Buckingham Trails Preserve is located in southwest Florida just east of Fort Myers. The entrance is on the north side of Buckingham Road at the intersection with Ada Avenue. The address is 8790 Buckingham Road. Visit www.Conservation2020.org or call 239-533-7275.