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.
Trails and Trams: Hiking and Biking the Strand
Trails, well-marked and barely noticeable, crisscross the preserve. The two main hiking trails on the East and West Main Trams can be accessed from Janes Scenic Drive. Others are not sign posted but marked on the map and are well worth exploring for the well prepared.
In all cases, make sure you are prepared for swamp conditions. This minimally includes bringing water, snacks, insect repellant, a walking stick, and a compass. Appropriate attire includes a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, sneakers or lace-up boots (no open boots or waders), a hat, and a change of clothes back in the car. In certain seasons, mosquito netting would increase your comfort.
Directions to the Park Headquarters:
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 onto Janes Scenic Drive/837 W and right onto Coastline Drive.
Download maps to plan your adventures in the Fakahatchee
You can read more about options for exploration in these articles:Explore Gate 18 Hiking-Biking
A walk down the Gate 3 Trail
The Combined Fakahatchee East Main–Pennington Post–Uplands Trails Loop
Biking and Hiking the Fakahatchee, Part 2
Biking The Fakahatchee
Experience the Fakahatchee East Main Trail