Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is a nature-lover’s dream. Within it is a swamp running north to south, twenty miles long and five miles wide, shaded by bald cypress trees, with slow-moving water. Here, and amongst the abundant groves of royal palms, visitors can marvel at the park’s forty-four species of orchids, the teeming wildlife, and the excellent birding.
Florida panthers, Florida black bears, deer, snakes, minks, and terrapins live here, and swallow-tailed kites, red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, and woodpeckers fly above. In the swamp itself there are shorebirds and wading birds. Canoers and kayakers may meander down the East River, and enjoy the excellent fishing. There is a 12-mile hard packed trail for cyclists, and picnic tables throughout the park.
Contact: 137 Coastline Road, Copeland, Florida 34137, Phone: 289-695-459
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