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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. For complete details and required reservations, visit the orchidswamp website.
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137 Coastline Drive, Box 548, Copeland, FL 34137
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+1 239-695-4593
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"swamp walk"
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"tamiami trail"
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"short hike"
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"road conditions"
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"orchids growing"
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"flora and fauna"
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"long dirt road"
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"both sides"
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Reviewed May 28, 2018

This is a trail that traverses a strand (look that one up). The strand stays wet and fosters growth of a variety of plants (and lots of lizards and BIG bright orange grass hoppers). This was so different than the 10,000 Islands area with the...More

Thank MikeB1952
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Reviewed May 26, 2018

This is a great spot for some scenic hiking but it’s an ever better spot for biking. Half of Jane’s Scenic drive is closed to cars due to road conditions which means it’s the perfect place for a mountain bike. The swamp trails are also...More

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Reviewed March 31, 2018

The Bald Eagles were the stars during my visit to the boardwalk; but there were also plenty of other critters to see including other raptors, Ibis, snakes and gators. It is worth a stop if driving across Tamiami Trail and it is FREE!More

Thank Doug-in-SF
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Bruce B, Public Relations Manager at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2018

You are right that there is no manditory charge. Many visitors who enjoy the experience and want to enhance it for others do make donations in the prominent Frends of Fakahatchee donation box at the start of the trail. The Friends provide signs and repairs...More

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Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

I use to hunt in the Fakahatchee back in 70's when a dozen or more hunting camps were scattered in the strand. A couple of camps remain but obviously on private property. Today the road was in good condition but I wouldn't suggest you take...More

Thank Travis R
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

FIRST IGNORE ALL EARLIER REVIEWS, THE ROADS ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. They were repaired after Hurricane Irma. We very much enjoyed all Fakahatchee had to offer. We took the 2 hour Friends Nature tour. It did focus mainly on the flora of the region which...More

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Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

When you finally get your bearings (or find a ranger to ensure you're not completely lost) there are some cool sites. Finding the native orchids and wildflowers was neat and the admission is just a couple of dollars, but don't make this a main attraction.More

Thank wehaveapiperdoone
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Bruce B, Public Relations Manager at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2018

You are right that Fakahatchee Strand is largely a wildness, not a highly developed park. The best way to excplore Florida's largest state park is the Friends of Fakahatchee Ghost RIder Tram tour which is led by a naturalist who brings the wonders of the...More

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Reviewed March 8, 2018

We stopped here on the way to see Manatees. Great decision. It was a fascinating nature hike. Wooden path made the walk easy and interesting. Close to alligators, birds and flora. It was informative. Recent hurricane damage had impacted the area but it is clearly...More

1  Thank Gary K
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Reviewed March 8, 2018 via mobile

Nice quick swamp trek with my 4 year old. We saw lovely plants, a baby alligator and a big guy was on the trail to greet us! Perfect length for an accessible hike with my son.

1  Thank Nancy C
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Reviewed March 2, 2018

The boardwalk on hwy 41 (west of 29) is worth half an hour to stroll through and appreciate the vegetation and wildlife. It could be improved by replacing the two porta-potties with better facilities.More

1  Thank Allen T
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Bruce B, Public Relations Manager at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

You are so right! The Friends of Fakahatchee are working with the State on a multi-year boardwalk improvement project that will signficantly enhance the experience of visitors to the boardwalk--especially those who want to use a restroom. Proper restrooms, a paved parking area, new trails,...More

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Reviewed February 16, 2018

We took the Ghost Rider Tram Tour at Fakahatchee Strand State Park. It was 2 1/2 hours and 20 person max on the 'tram'. The "Friends" of the park run the tours and they were very knowledgeable about the history and the ecology. We enjoyed...More

1  Thank jandI6915VY
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Ernie L
April 12, 2018|
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Response from Doug-in-SF | Reviewed this property |
If you are referring to the The Loop Road; it is 25 miles long. Returning via Hwy 41 (Tamiami Trail would be hazardous to your health; so the ride will have to be an out and back if you don't preposition a second vehicle... More
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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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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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