For the first time in years, Southwest nature lovers will have access to eight miles of hiking trails at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve North on Luckett Road in Fort Myers.
But it’s not just any hiking trail. The new path is also a part of history.
A portion of an abandoned railroad is on the property, and it was used to transport military supplies to Buckingham Army Air Field during WWII.
Buckingham Army Air Field owned roughly 50,000 acres. It was also used as a military training facility from 1942 to 1945. The recruits were preparing bomber planes to fly over Europe and territories in the Pacific.
Lee County Department of Transportation transformed the abandoned railroad into a wildlife crossing right under Buckingham Road for wildlife to safely get around the preserve.
Additional reporting by Gabriela Milian