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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk

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137 Coastline Drive, Box 548, Copeland, FL 34137
+1 239-695-4593
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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 Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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137 Coastline Drive, Box 548, Copeland, FL 34137
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Reviewed May 14, 2017

I did one hike in this park - the one leading to the prairies. There wasn't exactly much to see on this particular trail when it comes to birds or flowers but just qualified as "a good walk". Might skip if I were to return...More

Thank Gwen_BE
Reviewed April 17, 2017

We've often enjoyed the boardwalk here, a reasonable distance with almost a guarantee to see alligators and various birds. However yesterday's excursion turned into a disaster because of the swarms of mosquitoes, something we've not encountered here before. Even with a limited application of insect...More

2  Thank DontWaitForSpring
Reviewed April 15, 2017

We drove 2 large rental cars to the park one day, was told just to drive down the dirt track & keep stopping to look for wildlife. Managed to see quite a few Gators totally in the wild, some with baby's. Rough going after a...More

Thank broggy57
Reviewed April 7, 2017 via mobile

Specifically went there because there is a boardwalk. Driving down the road we almost missed it, you pull off and park along the road. The water level is low this time of he year so the area is dry or muddy. We did see several...More

Thank D W
Reviewed March 31, 2017

We stopped here to walk on the boardwalk in this park. On the gravel path leading up to the boardwalk, you are walking alongside a muddy swamp and the gators are right there, no barriers. This could be dangerous, very dangerous. But we took a...More

1  Thank dshendri
Reviewed March 27, 2017

Couldn't give this place 5 stars even though we saw loads of gators. No maps, no directions, no organisation. We didn't manage to find the boardwalk, and just drove through the park as instructed. We were lucky we spied a couple of gators in a...More

Thank Redtilimdead
Bruce B, Public Relations Manager at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2017

You are right that the Florida's largest state park is a primitive wilderness with a tiny staff. It's great you did get to see some wildlife which is always a matter of luck since the animals are roaming freely in their natural habitat. A volunteer...More

Reviewed March 23, 2017

We had a little time to kill, so we stopped here. A great little park. Not a minute out of the car, we spot a mid size alligator basking in the sun/mud. Another 30 feet, brings 2 large alligators, and 3 babies. The board walk...More

1  Thank Pina P
Reviewed March 18, 2017

We were recommended by several people in Everglades City to walk the boardwalk if you want to see wildlife. We went late afternoon, and the past few days had been dry and cool. We saw several different types of wading birds, heron, egrets etc. Saw...More

Thank kristinnc76
Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

We started our trip off strong,on our way we heard a loud roar from a fierce beast as we had our windows down. We stopped and pulled out our bird watching binoculars. I saw two bears in the distance and realized what they were doing....More

1  Thank andrew1434435335
Reviewed March 12, 2017

This is a glimpse of SW Florida from a boardwalk before most of the Cypress trees were logged. It is our 'go to place' when introducing visitors to the quiet, natural beauty of the area. We've seen Alligators (adult and baby); Barred Owls; Eagles; Hawks;...More

Thank GMaMarnie
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Debbie I
April 29, 2017|
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Response from Dan B | Reviewed this property |
Mosquitoes are sensitive to temperature. If it is particularly hot day they will rest under leaves until the temperature cools off. So you will receive few bites at noon time and many more at 5 PM.
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whalewatcher09
April 15, 2017|
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Response from Bruce B | Property representative |
There are excellent boat tours and naturalist talks from the Everglades National Park docks in Everglades City. Not to be missed is the 2300 foot Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk on Route 41 which is maintained by the Friends of... More
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minijini13
March 21, 2017|
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Response from Bruce B | Property representative |
Yes it is. Friends of Fakahatchee provides much of the maintenance and volunteers act as roving guides. The suggested donation box provides funds for maintaining the boardwalk. For more info check the Friends of... More
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