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.
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.
Collier County Department of Parks and Recreation
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.
Florida Wildlife Sites