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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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Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk:The Real Florida

Since we were staying two nights in Everglades City, my spouse and I decided to visit the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, which is about 7 miles away. Although the swamp was dry... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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De Pere, Wisconsin
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I visited both the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk and did the drive along Janes Scenic Drive too. Both very rewarding experiences The boardwalk is supremely tranquil and although quite difficult to spot wildlife (as the vegetation is very dense) the sounds were amazing. The sitting area at the culmination was very picturesque with a couple of gators basking in the... More 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Since we were staying two nights in Everglades City, my spouse and I decided to visit the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, which is about 7 miles away. Although the swamp was dry when we were there the first part of May, we nevertheless enjoyed the afternoon walk through stands of tall virgin cypress trees and royal palms. A variety of... More 

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Everglades City, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Jane's Scenic Drive is a very bad clay and dirt and mud unmaintained road. You have to spend all your time evading the big holes that are deep! Very hard to look around and enjoy the scenery when you have to watch the road and I was only going 5-10 miles an hour because of the road being so bad.... More 

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

(Response from Park Manager, Renee Rau) Thank you for your recent review of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. I am sorry to hear about the challenges you experienced during your recent visit to the park. Jane’s Scenic Drive is maintained by park staff and volunteers year-round but there are times where the condition of the road is impacted by... More 

Yucaipa, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

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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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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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 

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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
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Copeland

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