The Fakahatchee Strand is approximately 20 miles long and 3 to 5 miles wide. It is the main drainage slough of the southwestern Big Cypress Swamp; the largest and most unusual of the strands. The cypress & mixed hardwood swamp is a unique feature.
The natural values of the Fakahatchee are arguably greater than those of any other comparably-sized area in Florida. It contains the largest stand of royal palms and the largest concentration and variety of orchids in North America, as well as other species of plants that are extremely rare.
The wildlife of the Strand is equally rare. Endangered or threatened species include Florida Panther, Black Bear, Everglades Mink, Wood Stork and Bald Eagle.
Click here for trails map.
Click here for the Park Service brochure.
For more information, visit the Ranger Station on Janes Scenic Drive in Copeland or see the Florida State Parks website.
From I-75 (Alligator Alley) take Exit 80 and go south on SR-29 about 12 miles. Then turn west onto Janes’ Scenic Drive and follow it, bearing right, until you see the observation tower. The Ranger Station is on the right.
To visit the Boardwalk, take US-41 (Tamiami Trail) west 7 miles from SR-29. See the Boardwalk page for information about this easily-accessible window into the Fakahatchee.
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