Visiting Wild Turkey Strand Preserve in Fort Myers

Welcome to Wild Turkey Strand Preserve, a serene, hidden gem nestled in Fort Myers. Located east of the RSW airport along SR 82, this preserve is just a short drive from home and a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. 

Are There Turkeys?

I’m sure you’re dying to know, are there wild turkeys? Yes, while it’s not guaranteed you’ll SEE a wild turkey when visiting, they are, in fact, on the list of wildlife you might see in the park, along with other birds, turtles, deer, possums, and gators. 

Flora and Fauna

Wild Turkey Strand Preserve is the third-largest Conservation 20/20 preserve in Lee County (an environmentally sensitive land acquisition and management program). The preserve offers a diverse array of plant communities including pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, freshwater marshes, and wet prairies. Each ecosystem contributes to the preserve's rich biodiversity, providing a habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna.

Click here for a list of plant species found within the preserve. 

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Historic Significance

The land within Wild Turkey Strand Preserve was formerly part of the Buckingham Army Air Field, a U.S. military training base during World War II. Remnants of this historic era, including two munitions buildings, can be seen along Gunner's Trail, a 1.8-mile pathway that winds through the heart of the preserve. A unique glimpse into Southwest Florida's wartime past. 

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3,000+ Acres of Exploration

While all amenities with the preserve are ADA-accessible, please note that only the western section (0.7-mile) of the trail is ADA-accessible with a nice rubber trail that is nice for aching knees and joints. Also, during the summer rainy season, primitive sections of the trail may be wet or underwater, so be sure to plan your visit accordingly. Click here to view a map of the walking trails at Wild Turkey.

Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking solace in the beauty of the great outdoors, Wild Turkey Strand Preserve invites you to embark on a local journey and fun weekend adventure. 

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