Jelks Preserve

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Jelks Preserve is a 614 acre natural preserve with 8 miles of trail along the Myakka River in Venice, Florida.

Located at 2300 North River Road, the land was purchased in 1999 via the one percent county sales tax and a donation from the Jelks Family Foundation (namesake for the preserve). The habitat is riverine floodplain and includes live oak with epiphytes as well as Carolina jessamine and coralbean wildflowers. Wildlife include gopher tortoises, swallowtail butterflies, swallow-tailed kites, and song birds.[1][2][3]