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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Copeland

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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
P.O. Box 548
Copeland
FL
34137
Tel: 239-695-4593

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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is located on Janes Memorial Scenic Drive, just west of Copeland on S.R. 29.

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Welcome to the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, "the Amazon of North America." The Fakahatchee Strand is a linear swamp forest, approximately twenty miles long by five miles wide and oriented from north to south. It has been sculpted by the movement of water for thousands of years and clean fresh water is the key to its existence. Beneath a protective canopy of bald cypress trees flows a slow moving, shallow river or slough that is warmer than the ambient temperature in the winter and cooler in the summer. The buffering effect of the slough and the deeper lakes that punctuate it shield the forest interior from extreme cold temperatures and this fosters a high level of rare and endangered tropical plant species. The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park hosts a wide array of habitats and forest types from the wetter swamps and prairies to the drier islands of tropical hardwood hammocks and pine rock lands. Its groves of native royal palms are the most abundant in the state and the ecosystem of the Fakahatchee Strand is the only place in the world where bald cypress trees and royal palms share the forest canopy. It is the orchid and bromeliad capital of the continent with 44 native orchids and 14 native bromeliad species. It is a haven for wildlife. Florida panthers still pursue white-tailed deer from the uplands across the wetlands. Florida black bears and Eastern indigo snakes, Everglades minks and diamondback terrapins can still be found here. The resident and migratory bird life is spectacular and attracts many enthusiastic visitors.
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    i just found a trail of 29 close to 75 and i love it . my son love it too it was a easy trail to walk
    but at the same time full with wildlife we saw at least 11 alligators 1 deer many different bird species

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    Great for hiking and biking. Use to be very primitive and not busy. No entrance Fee$. Great for peace and quite. (2001). Not sure now.

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    saw a black bear .... and aligators and birds that's it ..
    if you want to go on an adventure in a no man's land this is the place....

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