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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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Great easy walk!

After looking at the Everglades National Park visitors center right up the road we stopped here. Went into the small native American gift shop, then we headed out on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Cathy G
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Selkirk, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

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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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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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Fakahatchee tram and swamp walk was a thrill! Our guide Patrick with his british sense of humor brightened our day despite frigid temperatures. Thank you for the VIP tour and the homemade apple cider,Patrick! Although I am a parttime resident of Naples since 2003 with some experience in the Everglades he enabled me to see the flora&fauna with different eyes... More 

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Aylmer, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My husband and a friend of ours pre booked a tour guided by a volunteer with Friendsoffakahatchee.org. Our guide, Patrick H. was extremely knowledgeable and well spoken. He imparted a wealth of information in a friendly and humorous manner. It was a very chilly day and we had a total of 7 guests on our trip into the Strand. It... More 

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Selkirk, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

After looking at the Everglades National Park visitors center right up the road we stopped here. Went into the small native American gift shop, then we headed out on the boardwalk. Almost immediately we saw a huge gator right on the path. Got great pics! Proceeded on and saw an eagle's nest, an owl, and gorgeous plants and trees. At... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Last minute visit that was recommended by the manatee cruise skipper. Within a few yards we saw an alligator just off the path in a pond. Eagles, owls, woodpeckers, herons & egrets all easily seen from the comfort of the boardwalk. So glad we stopped.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Half-mile long boardwalk in great condition. Quiet, lots of birds and nests, some alligators at the end of the trail. Easily accessible, right next to the highway. $3 voluntary contribution for upkeep.

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