Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, the largest cypress strand in the world, comprises more than 80,000 acres of land in the Big Cypress Swamp. Its slough is the deepest in the greater Everglades and borders U.S. 41, Interstate 75 and State Road 29.

About 15 miles long and five miles wide, Fakahatchee Strand is the only remaining natural forest of royal palm and bald cypress. The preserve's Big Bend Boardwalk, six miles west of State Road 29 on U.S. 41, is open from sunrise to sunset.

It's home to a pair of bald eagles, a resident alligator, bears, white-tailed deer, raccoons, otters, birds, reptiles and amphibians, offering many photo opportunities.

To best view the royal palms and wildlife, drive along Janes Scenic Drive, and turn left four miles north of U.S. 41 off State Road 29. Tram roads lead off the gravel road and are open for hiking.

Reservations for guided swamp walks and canoe trips can be made from October to May. The preserve is open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Free admission. 695-4593 or www.floridastateparks.org/fakahatcheestrand and www.friendsoffakahatchee.org.


Park/Outdoors Details

Baseball Fields Basketball Court Golf Course Soccer Fields Softball Tennis Courts
Volleyball Courts Skating Fishing Biking Dogs Amphitheater
Backcountry Camping Campsite Showers Hiking Running Trails Picnic Area
Pavilion Playground Food Vendors Restrooms Grills Alcohol Allowed
Boat Rentals Boat Ramps Docks Marina Lake River/Stream

Hours

Day Opens Closes
Sunday 7 a.m. 7 p.m.
Monday 7 a.m. 7 p.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m. 7 p.m.
Wednesday 7 a.m. 7 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m. 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. 7 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. 7 p.m.
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Sunday 7 a.m.
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7 p.m.
Monday 7 a.m.
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7 p.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m.
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7 p.m.
Wednesday 7 a.m.
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7 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m.
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7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m.
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7 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m.
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7 p.m.

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