Education about the natural landscape of Bok Tower Gardens is a core component of our mission. The 1.5-mile Preserve Trail engages and inspires learners of all ages about one of Florida’s most endangered ecosystems and our ongoing restoration efforts. Some of this land is an original Longleaf Pine forest, while some is former citrus grove being restored to Longleaf Pine.
This moderate walking trail takes visitors on a journey through the Preserve from our main entrance gate to the visitor center. It has been paved with pebble rock from phosphate mines, rich in fossils from Central Florida’s “Bone Valley,” which lends an additional regional interest.
Along the trail is a parking area and picnic shelter. Interpretive signs along the trail tell about the flora, fauna and wildlife of this habitat, the ecological role of fire, and the natural history of the Lake Wales Ridge.
Support for the Preserve Trail project was provided by CSX Corporation, Mosaic Corporation, Polk County Board of County Commissioners, State of Florida, Florida Wildflower Advisory Council and the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Green Horizon Land Trust, and the Vaughn-Jordan Foundation.