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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk

Address: US-41 (Tamiami Trail) about 7 miles west of SR-29, Box 548, Copeland, FL 34137
Phone Number: +1 239-695-4593
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Copeland
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is Florida's largest state park...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is Florida's largest state park. More native orchid species, including the rare Ghost Orchid,grow in this wilderness than anywhere else in the United States. The park's wildlife is as diverse as its flora. Rare species such as the American crocodile and West Indian manatee live in the waterways to the south, while Florida black bears, Everglades mink and endangered Florida panthers inhabit orther regions of the park. For many, the most memorable introduction to this wilderness is a swamp walk. strolling through the slow moving slough waters with a naturalist.
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Naples, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

If you don't have a truck or other 4x4 with good ground clearance then do not go down this road. I drive a land rover. Not because I'm a rich yuppie, but because I enjoy comfort during off-roading. I also live 3 miles down an unmaintained gravel road with many pot holes. Most people don't want to come to my... More 

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Janes Scenic drive may be scenic, but at many times of the year, potholes make the going rough. It is also not a through road. While the park and violunteers work hard to keep this gravel road maintained, it is a challenge. To get the most out of this beautiful wilderness area, many visitors take a guided naturalist tram tour... More 

Bonita Springs, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I recently went on a guided full moon night walk on the boardwalk of Fakahatchee Strand. It was amazing, the guide was very knowledgeable and quite entertaining. I would highly recommend this trip if you're near Naples, FL or the Everglades.

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Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

All this park needs is a sign showing how the heck to get there from I-75. Once there it is worth the trip. They have bald eagles! Couldn't find big foot though.....

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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Fakahatchee is a magical place to get a feel of the everglades, there is a boardwalk off US 41 and further on Jane’s Memorial Scenic Drive is off US 29 going North. The boardwalk is 1.2 miles long and has parking and porta-potties, I have seen a huge variety of wildlife over the years (some attached), the Scenic Drive... More 

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Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

There are plenty of hiking trails to choose from while driving Jane Scenic Memorial Highway. A good portion of Jane Scenic is drivable with a sedan --slowly--, but as you get deeper into the trail, the potholes become enormous and it becomes a monumental task getting through it unless you have an truck or SUV. We normally hike with another... More 

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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

The wildlife in this area is unique and this boardwalk is a place that make it available for normal people without be Bear Grylls. You can easy see the wonderful nature and wild aligator for sure. Also a set of birds is east to sea.

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

the ranger at Everglades NP Gulf visitor center suggested that we go to Fakahatchee preserve, for a chance to see some of Florida's native orchids. we had a horrible mosquitos experience - we were eaten alive by hundreds of mosquitos, came back so red and itchy, and didn't see even one orchid. actually, even if there were some flowers there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

This place is my favorite park to visit in the glades, there's nothing else like it in the state. Although it seems like some people didn't realize that it is the EVERGLADES. I Mean really? People want street lights? Paved roads? Thank god that crap isn't there. If you don't know where you'Re going, don't go. Or maybe go to... More 

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I am reading reviews dinging the road condition. I have driven Jane Memorial Drive in cars, in SUVs and both worked just fine - adjusting to the road condition and applying appropriate sense... (I have also driven 2000+ miles in Africa which was a lot tougher)... I don't get the reviews that ding the road. Give me a car with... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
40 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We thought we'd read all the reviews, but missed the one about the dead end 11 mile road (somehow we thought it came out into a housing area/grid, but it ends at another preserve and a maze of roads). We didn't have huge pot holes until near the end of the drive, but probably averaged 5 miles an hour as... More 

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