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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, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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Markham, Canada
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The boardwalk is approx. 3000 ft long and wends its way deep through the bush to a small pond where several varieties of wading birds were waiting for dinner and other birds hung out in the trees ( including a wood stork) This is a self guided walk and there are at least a dozen plaques along the trail pointing... More 

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Teec Nos Pos, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

It is billed as the North American Amazon....and its lives upto its billing. It is worth the day trip or several trips if you are in the mood for an adventure. First stop by the ranger station and get some current info and facts. Second the "Scenic Drive" is very rough and if you do not stop at the Hiking... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We went on a nice 6 mile hike with the kids. We saw gators, ibis, herons, a turtle and a rare bobcat sighting near the semi-abandoned houses. This place is truly off the beaten path. Clearly, I recommend this hole only in the summer when there are minimal mosquitoes during the daytime hours.

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

You were very fortunate to see so much wildlife on your recent trek. Best times for bird and critter sightings are early in the day and toward sunset. The Fakahatchee is a wilderness, which means there are insects, just as early Florida settlers encountered. You may have misspoken when you said the best time for a visit was in summer.... More 

Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We visited the boardwalk on our way back from a visit elsewhere. The walk begins with a path running alongside a small creek but soon changes to a boardwalk which takes you through a bald cypress and royal palm swamp. The day we visited there were not many visitors and the walk was shady and peaceful. There were several different... More 

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Naples, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Easy day trip from either coast. Do not waste your time on the beach... There is an enormous amount of wild Florida waiting for you. Get there when the sun just starts to show, the possibilities for unforgettable pictures are endless. Park and hike into the swamp. Take your time but know what you are doing... Have seen bear &... More 

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Heading from Naples to Miami side, we took a friends advice and stopped by here for to stretch out legs. After being greeted by an alligator on the way in, we took the boardwalk into the park. Nice distance, with lots of things to see. you need to be watchful along the way. Saw a baby alligator sunning on a... More 

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Mount Airy, Maryland, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

great learning experience. Biologist was fantastic.A must do if you are interested in the environment.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The boardwalk is about a one mile round trip from the parking lot off of Tamiami trail. This is great way of getting close to natural fauna and bird viewing.

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

Glad you enjoyed the boardwalk. About halfway along the boardwalk on the left, there's a viewing area for the pair of nesting eagles that return each year. And with water levels dropping, the gator pond at the end of the trail should soon be attracting its famous residents. And while the boardwalk closes at dusk, special Boardwalk After Dark tours... More 

Miami
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I've seen a few reviews that keep mentioning the potholes on Jane's Scenic Drive and they motivated me to write this review. First of all, I agree- Jane's Scenic Drive is basically an un-maintained road (I believe volunteers actually do work on the road). That is what makes it perfect. Second, it is un-maintained in one of the richest and... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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49 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We saw four Alligators, lots of birds and one snake. Incredibly to walk through this tropical Forest. Dont miss it. You would regret it

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