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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Copeland

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Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve is a Florida State Park just west of Copeland, Florida. It is located in the Fakahatchee Strand, a thread of forested strand (swamp) in Big Cypress, a section of the Florida Everglades off SR 29.FloraPlants found in the park include royal palm, bald cypress, bromeliads, ferns, and orchids.FaunaAmong the wildlife of the park are a number of threatened and endangered species: the Florida panther, wood stork, black bear, fox squirrel, and Everglades mink. The park also is home to white-tailed deer, raccoons, opossums, red-shouldered hawks, wild turkeys, owls, and vultures. Alligators, ducks, sandhill cranes, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles, and osprey can be seen in the park.
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  • 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 sk...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • A really neat look at Florida landscape before development. It looks like rocks and trees and stuff but there's a lot going on in the big picture. The signs are informative. Can't wait til they put in the elevated walk
  • Love the Loop Road for fishing an nature watching. Plan on plenty of time, more than half is a rough gravel road. Trails are to be found, and lots of animals to see.
  • I have been here many times and never get boring. Totally amazing. The wildlife is great. Don't forget your camera!
  • Really nice boardwalk trail with plenty of plants, wildlife, and marshland. We saw a few different snakes and alligators under the beautiful tree canopy. Of course there are a few mosquitoes that came along for the ride, so bring but spray.
  • Buggy when wet. We couldn't get past the first few steps of the boardwalk despite having just sprayed ourselves with repellant. We had to give up as we were completely covered in mosquitoes. Try in winter or a dry day. There was an alligator in the ditch out front, so we did see some wildlife.