Connerton has a rich history of preservation.
For generations, the Conner family was steward of the 8,000 acres that now make up Connerton. A working cattle ranch, Conner Ranch fit into a rough triangle formed by State Road 52, U.S. 41 and Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes. When the family sold the land to Connerton’s original developer Terrabrook in early 2000, the one over-arching goal on both sides of the transaction was to preserve the breathtaking nature of the property itself.
Originally, Connerton could have accommodated more than 15,000 homes and up to three golf courses. But after careful consideration, the developer and the Conner family modified their vision. Together they strategically developed a preservation plan for much of the acreage of the original Conner Ranch property. In 2003, the State of Florida purchased a 3,000-acre tract of land to be managed by the Southwest Florida Management District with $26 million of Forever Florida conservation funds. This means that future generations will be able to enjoy the same natural beauty that Connerton residents appreciate today.
Today, Connerton’s residents enjoy the serenity and beauty of its nature preserve, as well as the excitement and activity of its 10,000-square foot clubhouse. Trails, boardwalks and pathways wind their way through the community and preserve that includes lakes and natural wetlands. Under the care of the Southwest Florida Management District, the preserve remains home to a bounty of wildlife including alligators, otters, deer, bats and birds such as anhinga, little blue herons, wood storks, hoot owls and sand hill cranes. Strict rules are posted and enforced to maintain the preserve’s natural beauty and protect the wildlife.
The Arbors Village Nature trail is a scenic 1.85-mile trail through Connerton’s natural habitat and is perfect for walking, jogging or bicycling. This pristine, tranquil environment is calming and invigorating at the same time, and the trail system is second to none.