Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Friends of Fakahatchee: Dedicated to financial and volunteer support to preserve the unique ecology and cultural heritage of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and educate the public about its importance.

Logistics: Getting Here with the Right Gear

photographer in the strand

Whatever your outdoors interest, you can follow it into the Fakahatchee. The Friends of Fakahatchee’s guided tours offer the best orientation to what the preserve has to offer as you travel with those who know it well.

Whether your outdoor enthusiasm lies in fishing, botany, paddling, birding, bicycling, hiking or wildlife viewing, the Strand offers you an experience like nowhere else.

Wilderness Experiences

The adventurous can launch a kayak or canoe and explore the mangrove tunnels and lakes. Raised railway beds or “trams” of the old logging train still crisscross the Fakahatchee Strand, creating a grid of trails, many of which are maintained for hiking and mountain biking.

For a more charted course, the park’s Cypress Bend Boardwalk takes the visitor nearly half a mile through a stand of virgin cypress into the heart of the strand. Volunteers are often on-hand to share what they’ve learned about the flora and fauna of this magnificent landscape.

Guided Tours

For a guided experience, be sure to check the event calendar. From September to April, a range of guided tours from swamp walks to Ghost Rider tram rides and island cruises are available.

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Directions to the Park Headquarters

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Look for the fire tower for the route to the Park Office.

Via I-75 (Alligator Alley):
Take I-75 to exit 80/State Road 29. Go 15 miles south. Take a right (east) on Janes Scenic Drive (837W). Curve to right and look for the Fire Tower, then turn right onto Coastline Drive. And look for the Park Headquarters flagpole.

Via US 41 (Tamiami Trail): If you go by US 41, turn north onto SR 29, go 3 miles and turn west (left) onto Janes Scenic Drive/837 W and right onto Coastline Drive.

At the Park Entrance you can see a property map and get a brochure at the visitor center office on Janes Scenic Drive. Mounted on a large limestone rock is a plaque dedicated to Mel Finn, the "Father of Fakahatchee." Read the history below.

At the Park Entrance you can see a property map and get a brochure at the visitor center office on Janes Scenic Drive. Mounted on a large limestone rock is a plaque dedicated to Mel Finn, the “Father of Fakahatchee.”


Directions to the Boardwalk

boardwalk sign

Look for the sign on Highway 41 and prepare for your boardwalk adventure.

The Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is on the north side of US-41 (Tamiami Trail), about 7 miles west of SR-29. Watch for the sign!

Be Prepared

No matter what you do at the Fakahatchee, be sure to plan your visit for an experience you’ll remember for its wonders – not its discomforts. Water, appropriate clothing, and insect repellent are the basics. If you’ll be doing a wet walk, you will want to leave a change of clothes in the car for the ride home.

Its also essential to know where you’re going before setting off. Different activities are found at a variety of access points – some without much cell or gps coverage! Unless you’re on a guided tour, a compass is a must.

With no concessions in the park and the nearest restaurant miles away, smart visitors, like this group, bring their own food. These picnickers found a dry spot right off Janes Scenic Drive.

With no concessions in the park and the nearest restaurant miles away, smart visitors, like this group, bring their own food. These picnickers found a dry spot right off Janes Scenic Drive.