Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Swamp Walk
Guided tour to see native orchids with Park Biologist Mike Owen
Leaders: Mike Owen & Dennis Giardina
Start Time at Site: 9:00 AM
End Time at Site: 3:00 PM
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
A guided swamp walk with Park Biologist Mike Owen to look at unique cypress swamp habitat that fosters the highest native orchid diversity in U.S. Water levels in Fakahatchee fluctuate and the actual water level in the swamp will vary, but it is usually dry in May. Comfortable old shoes like sneakers are fine for water and mud. Presence of biting insects is also variable.
Fee: $7 + an optional donation to the Friends of Fakahatchee.
What to bring: Long pants and sleeves, athletic shoes, hat, sunscreen, repellent, and water. A walking stick may be useful for balance while wading or on uneven ground. Bring a bag lunch.
Directions to gathering point at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve Park Office, 137 Coast Line Dr, Jerome, FL 34117*: From Miccosukee Resort travel westward on Tamiami Trail (US 41) for 58 miles. Turn right onto FL 29, go 2.5 miles northward. Turn left onto Janes Memorial Scenic Dr. In .3 mile at the community, stay right to loop northward continuing on Janes Memorial Scenic Dr. for another .6 mile. At the large "Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park" sign continue 100 feet beyond and turn right at Coast Line Dr. (a driveway and parking area near the pond; take instruction for overflow parking).
*Note: Click link (gathering point address above) for real-time directions from your location using Google Maps. If you would like to view directions from the Miccosukee Resort, enter the starting point as 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33194. By allowing more time than you think is required, you can make your ride there more relaxing.
GPS Location: 25.95133 -81.36028