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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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  • 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...  more »
  • The Boardwalk is right on the road behind Everglades city on the way to Naples. It costs no admission, you can donate but. On the well decorated Boardwalk, which is about 2 km long, you can see lots of flora and fauna. And on the way back a large alligator lay at the end of the boardwalks. There were already some people who warned us.
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  • 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 b...  more »
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  • We went to the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve to see some wildlife. The area is surrounded by houses and trailers, so we thought we were in the wrong area. The dirt road is the strand that takes you through the preserve. You wouldn't want to be on foot (or even bike, in my opinion) as there are gators everywhere! We saw six from the car and one crossing the road. You do have to look carefully for them. We also saw a hawk swoop down in front of our car and wild orchids growing. The drive is EXTREMELY bumpy. Be prepared going in and keep windows up as there were horseflies all around. It might be fun for someone who isn't from Florida and wants to see some gators in the wild.
  • Having a 4x4 or SUV is a must. Don't fool yourself. Roads are littered with pot holes entire way. Taking a sedan is not a good idea at all. Roads are not maintained at all.
  • Came here today on my 30th birthday with my wife and had a great time
  • I have the great luck of living on the southern edge of this park and it's magnificent. There is so much to see it would be silly to try listing it here. Seriously worth the trip no mater where you live, make time to see as much as possible, it's a big place.
  • Great park but make sure you drive an SUV or truck. Roads are unpaved and pretty rough.