Manager's Message

Manager's Message Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Steve Houseknecht, Park Manager

"The Fakahatchee" as it's called locally, is a remarkable place where the sub-tropics and tropics converge in the world's largest strand swamp.  The natural and cultural history of the park is far reaching and there are new and exciting discoveries to be made around each corner.

Take a stroll down the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk and step into the interior of the world's only Bald Cypress-Royal Palm Forest where you're likely to spot American alligators, Florida box turtles, and perhaps a Bald eagle pair and their fledgling chicks.

An eleven-mile trip down Janes' Memorial Scenic Drive showcases the park's different natural communities and you don't have to get your feet wet.  Wildflowers can be found on the ground as well as in the trees in this jewel of the Everglades.  Fakahatchee Strand is the Orchid Capital of the United States!  And don't forget to look up - you'll be sure to spot Red-shouldered hawks, Swallow Tail kites, Osprey and perhaps the endangered Everglades snail kite.  And of course, keep an eye out for White-tailed deer, black bear, bobcat and the Florida panther.

If you're feeling like a true adventure, sign up for a tram tour or a guided swamp walk with one of our park naturalists for a once in a lifetime experience.