Cape Coral, FL 33909
Located in northeast Cape Coral, this preserve is mostly pine flatwoods and totals nearly 340 acres in size. The preserve includes portions of the headwaters of Yellow Fever Creek, a narrow channel that accumulates shallow water during the wet season. There is 2.5-mile marked trail system at this preserve, which also connects to a 3-acre pond for fishing.
Wildlife sightings are abundant at the preserve. Common sightings include hawks, Florida sandhill crane and the gopher tortoise, a state-listed threatened species.
A hydrologic restoration was completed in 2018 to improve the banks of the pond and allow aquatic plants along its slopes to more easily filter the water of excess nutrients. The restoration was supported with funding from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The main entrance to the preserve on Del Prado Boulevard includes a paved parking lot. A neighborhood access gate is additionally located on NE 28th Street, which provides access to the marked trail system.
Part of the northern boundary of this preserve is adjacent to Cape Coral’s Major Park. Eventually, the city plans to develop public facilities, including hiking and equestrian trails, at this park. These trails will connect to the trail system within the preserve.