Manager's Message

An aerial view of the trees at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.

Joe Berger, Park Manager

Welcome to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Florida’s largest state park.

Whether you come for a slow drive down the 6 miles of Janes Scenic Drive to access multiple hiking and biking trails, where you can view the largest cypress strand in the world, or to walk the 2,500-foot boardwalk that provides a peek into the old growth cypress portion of the strand, Fakahatchee has an adventure for you.

The park is brimming with plants and animals. You may be fortunate enough to see an orchid species found nowhere else in the world. “The Fak” is home to alligators, bobcats, bears, minks, a wide variety of birds and even panthers. I encourage you to slow down and experience all that this unique park has to offer.

Volunteers are always welcome and greatly appreciated!

The park offers several volunteer opportunities and training is provided. If you would like to help keep the park beautiful, maintain trails or assist in another way, please contact us at 239-961-1925.

Another opportunity is to join the Friends of Fakahatchee, a dedicated group of volunteers who serve as the park’s nonprofit citizen support organization (CSO). The group assists the park with programs, special events and fundraising. They are an extremely important part of the park, and we would love to have new members who share the same passion and love for Fakahatchee! You can see their good work by following them on Facebook or at the Friends of Fakahatchee website

Thank you for your interest in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. We hope to see you and your family in the park soon!