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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
+1 239-695-4593
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

A most wonderful experience. We loved Patrick, he was very knowledgeable , that I can honestly say I learned something. We lucked out on not seeing any snakes "thumbs up LOL.

1  Thank Corinna D
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We were there last year (2016) and while the roads weren't great, we had no trouble navigating them in a Honda Ridgeline. The only spot we got stuck for a few minutes was an area where two alligators were lying in the middle of the...More

Thank Neliza D
Bruce B, Public Relations Manager at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thanks for alerting visitors to the condition of Janes Scenic Drive through the park. Despite maintenance, this road is often rutted and bumpy and not well suited for typical passenger or rental cars. The wonders of the park lie off the tramways that radiate from...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Been here a few times. It’s a unique state park that can be easily missed or overlooked. There is so much to see but people need to take the time to “look” . It offers a great opportunity to experience Florida’s wildlife in their own...More

Thank solofishergal
Reviewed 28 August 2017

On our way to Everglades City, we stopped here to walk the boardwalk. We were intially confused about where to park as no one else was here at the time. We eventually parked on the side of the road and within several minutes were joined...More

2  Thank delaware-veg
Reviewed 14 May 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 17 April 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

4  Thank DontWaitForSpring
Reviewed 15 April 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 8 April 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 1 April 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 28 March 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

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

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Debbie I
29 April 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.
16 April 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
22 March 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