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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk

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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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Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is...
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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Fun with a twist.

We loved hiking down the east tram. The old houses were a little creepy but very cool. We saw an alligator and a snake. The whole trail was full of surprises. We live in Florida... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
Nancy G
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Yucaipa, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is a nice, short out and back walk into a swamp. Total distance is about 1 1/2 miles RT. Parking is at Lat 25.9418 Long -81.4694. It is well kept up with educational signage. There's birding, trees, ponds, turtles, and of course we saw two "tame alligators." It's a great diversion for stretching your legs.

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Oakwood, Illinois
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149 reviews 149 reviews
84 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

First and foremost this park is not for everyone. There is a 12 mile scenic drive on a badly rutted rock road, a crappy park map, and no park ranger. That being said the park scenery and wildlife are exqusite. We feel very fortunate to have seen 2 Florida panthers. We saw 2 animals in the distance and assumed they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We loved hiking down the east tram. The old houses were a little creepy but very cool. We saw an alligator and a snake. The whole trail was full of surprises. We live in Florida so we know about bugs and had plenty of bug spray. We finished driving down the scenic road which was fine with us. We were... More 

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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44 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We were fortunate to received a guided tour of the park, but even if we hadn't, we would have loved the feeling of remoteness, the aura of the jungle, the spookiness of the old and rusted fishing cabins that dot the park. It might be a state park, meaning that folks visiting Everglades National Park might ignore it, but our... More 

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Fleming Island, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We took a leisurely walk on the boardwalk where we saw many birds, as well as a bald eagles nest. We did see two alligators and could hear some owls. It was just very pleasant and scenic. There is a Native American shop at the entrance that has homemade items. It is free,but there is a donation box if you... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Today my parents and I took the drive down the scenic drive. It was really beautiful and cool, until, like other reviewers, we ended up lost in the middle of nowhere. What on the map looks like a developed area is really just a terrifying empty grid with absolutely no indication of how to escape. The roads are rough yes,... More 

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Bruce B, Public Relations Manager at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk, responded to this review

Please accept my apologies for your negative experience. Fakahatchee is not a national park, it is a Florida State park. You will want to address your comments to: Park Manager, Fakahatchee Strand State Park, 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, FL 34137. To contact the Florida State Parks office, go to the FloridaStateParks website. Janes Sceneic Drive is not a through road--you... More 

Lynn Have, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We didn't do the boardwalk, but we did try to take the scenic drive. I found myself too focused on trying to avoid potholes to enjoy the experience, especially after doing the loop drive at Big Cypress.

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Bruce B, Public Relations Manager at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk, responded to this review

Heavy rains and lack of state funding make Janes Scenic drive difficult to maintain. It is difficult to drive the road and see birds and wildlife. Most visitors opt for the Ghost RIder tram tour, narrated by a trained naturalist, or the biologist led swamp walk. Both are offered by the Friends of Fakahatchee at their orchidswamp website. For visitors... More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

While driving on Jane's Scenic road in Fakahatchee Strand at around 12:30 pm I turned a corner and there was a mother and teen-age youngster calmly walking down the road.

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Pinecrest, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I am a huge fan of the 'Glades and Big Cypress have explored both extensively. One of my favorite places to walk and to take photographs is Fakahatchee Strand. I recently drove over from my home in South Miami and had a really peaceful and enjoyable morning. There is a boardwalk that enables one to take a "self guided" tour... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We were planning on visiting another park which was closed, so we drove on to this one late afternoon and did the Board walk - wow what a great result. Other (more knowledgable) vistors were around to point things out. Got good views of aligators including a baby, a big horned owl, nesting bald eagles, wood storks, herons, egrets woodpeckers... More 

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