ABOUT THE BOARDWALK

The Fakahatchee Boardwalk is on US-41 (Tamiami Trail) about 7 miles west of SR-29.

  BOARDWALK EXPANSION PROJECT

You are about to enter one of the best examples of a subtropical strand swamp in the United States. The 2500 acres comprising the Boardwalk are only a small part of the 80,000 plus acres of the Preserve, the largest unit in the Florida Park Service.


Photo by ROSE FLYNN
Barred Owl

ON THE BOARDWALK YOU WILL SEE:

  • the world’s only swamp forest containing both old growth bald cypress trees and native royal palm trees. Many of the bald cypress are hundreds of years old.
  • a variety of bromeliads (airplants) and ferns, along with picturesque strangler fig plants and sabal palms (state tree of Florida)
  • a bald eagle’s nest, continuously used since 1991, often has chicks in winter
  • a pond which is an active “alligator hole,” with adult and immature alligators, many species of wading birds, and occasional snakes and turtles.
  • many species of birds including warblers, woodpeckers, flycatchers, gnatcatchers, owls, hawks and many others

LENGTH OF YOUR WALK: 1.2 MILES (1.9 KM) ROUNDTRIP

  •    The trail leading to the Boardwalk is 865 feet long (approx 265 meters)
  •    The wooden Boardwalk is 3200 feet long (approx 975 meters)
  •    Rest benches are available 1700 feet (518 meters) and at 2300 feet (700 meters) from the parking lot.
  •    There is an observation platform at the end overlooking the gator hole.
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