Address/Location: The Dr. Robert H. Gore III Preserve spans from 36th Ave SE, Naples, FL 34117 south to Interstate 75 in the Northern Golden Gate Estates portion of Collier County.
Manager Contact Information
Preserve Manager: Molly DuVall
Phone: 239-252-2960 Preserve
Preserve Size: 171.2 acres
Date Acquired: November 19, 2018
Cost of Acquisition: $735,000.00
Public Access Status: The Dr. Robert H. Gore III Preserve is currently closed to public access as the property undergoes initial trail construction and exotic vegetation removal activities. An initial half-mile hiking trail is projected to be open and available to the public by January 2020.
Reason for Acquisition: The Gore Preserve was acquired to protect existing native plant communities including mixed wetland hardwoods, cypress, hardwood hammocks, and mesic pine flatwood. Preservation of this land helps to ensure existing wildlife corridors connecting the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, and Picayune Strand State Forest with the greater Golden Gate Estates area are maintained and available for utilization by a diversity of local species like the endangered Florida panther, Florida black bear, bobcat, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and more. The preserve will also provide passive recreational opportunities to the community in the form of hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, and environmental education.
Management Goals: Management goals for the property include protection and restoration of the diverse native habitats found throughout the preserve through removal and control of exotic vegetation, monitoring of preserve usage by wildlife species, and providing appropriate nature-based recreational and educational opportunities for citizens and visitors.
Dr. Robert H. Gore III Preserve Location Map
Public Access Hiking Trails- Coming Soon!
A network of hiking trails are currently under development within the Gore Preserve. The first trail phase is estimated to be open to the public in January 2020. Please check back shortly for announcements regarding access opportunities.