Barefoot Beach Preserve

Description:
Beaches, mangrove forest and tropical hammock are the dominant habitat types in this 342-acre county park, located on Little Hickory Island near Bonita Springs. Walk along the beach or choose the one-mile long self-interpreted trail that gives a good overview of the coastal habitats.

Watchable Wildlife:
Gopher tortoises and their burrows are plentiful along the nature trail that runs between the sand dunes and the hammock. This is also a good place to see green and brown anoles and the tracks of occasional visitors - mice, snakes, raccoons, opossums, bobcats and foxes. The trail ends at Wiggins Pass; look for wading birds here. In the summer along the beach, watch for crawl marks left by nesting Atlantic loggerhead sea turtles. Scan offshore for bottle-nosed dolphins. Willets, sandpipers, plovers, terns, gulls, brown pelicans and ospreys are common.

Ownership:
Collier County Department of Parks and Recreation

Contact:
(941) 498-4364

Directions:
From I-75, take exit 18 (Bonita Beach Road) and go 5.6 miles to Leley Boulevard (park entrance road). Turn left and travel Leley Boulevard 1.7 miles through residential development to the preserve. Ranger-led nature walks are regularly offered.

Related Sites:
Other Southwest Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



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