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“Jane's Scenic Drive - Round Trip Advisable”

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk
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Small-Group Tour: Florida Everglades Swamp Walking Eco-Tour
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Copeland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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 Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist. For complete details and required reservations, visit the orchidswamp website.
Reviewed January 7, 2014

The value of the drive is well described by others in this section. Yes the road is narrow and filled with large pot holes that requires some "bush driving" skills - proceed slowly, avoid dropping a wheel into a pot hole and brush the vegetation if necessary. But do not proceed beyond the end of the drive at the border of the park and return the way you came. Outside of the park is still rough and leads to grid system of roads originally built for a never developed subdivision. Without an accurate and detailed map, it is a difficult to find your way out to a populated area because many of the roads are gated or dead end at canals.

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Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

We took our rental car in about 5 miles on Jane's Scenic Drive. Please don't tell the rental car company! However, we drive many logging roads in Oregon and felt very comfortable, but turned around when the road got too rough. What a drive! We saw lots of alligators and some great birds. This is a great place for birders to see some nice birds in a quiet environment (different from the boardwalk experience). Highly recommended for the adventurous with rough road driving experience.

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Reviewed December 17, 2013

We called by on the way back from Everglades City. I realize that this is only one small part of the Park; however it really provides a good overall representation of the area's flora and fauna. As soon as we had parked we noticed a large alligator basking on the footpath. The walk along the boardwalk was fun with all of the many bird species and when we reached the end, at the pool, we spotted another large alligator on the far shore. Returning to the car, the big guy had moved on and then we spotted a midsized gator just along the grassy bank of the small pond in front of the building. Great value for a $3 donation; and no bugs!

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Reviewed December 15, 2013

Mosquitoes galore! If you don't have bug spray, you WILL get bitten... a lot.

I have been here many times and each time is a different experience. I've seen gators every single time, and snakes, and an eagle on one occasion.

During one visit, a large mass of bees swarmed on the boardwalk, and we had to wait them out (15 minutes or so). I don't know if this was an isolated incident, but If you are allergic you should bring something just in case.

Despite the creepy crawlies, this is a beautiful area and you are almost guaranteed to see at least one gator.

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Reviewed December 3, 2013

I was reading some of the reviews including the "WARNING" one and yes the roads are no longer maintained because they are restoring that area back to the natural everglades. A long time ago there were some developers that thought there was oil in the area and were going to build homes out there, but as you see that did not happen. All the roads have been "tore up" and yes the roads will get worse because lets face it we live in Florida and it rains a lot. It is a amazing beautiful place to go if you really want to see a part of the everglades. My boyfriend and I bring our dogs out there all the time to fish and just enjoy what is outside of the city. Once you get to Janes Scenic Drive it is well worth it if you enjoy that kind of nature. Everyone should keep in mind that it does tend to flood a little out there and unless you are in a lifted truck during raining season I wouldn't bother. Winter time is the best time to sight see!!

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