Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Undergrowth in the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve
Map showing the location of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
LocationCollier County, Florida, USA
Nearest cityNaples, Florida
Coordinates26°00′00″N 81°25′01″W / 26.00000°N 81.41694°W / 26.00000; -81.41694Coordinates: 26°00′00″N 81°25′01″W / 26.00000°N 81.41694°W / 26.00000; -81.41694
Governing bodyFlorida Department of Environmental Protection

Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve is a Florida State Park just west of Copeland, Florida. It is located in the Fakahatchee Strand, a thread of forested strand (swamp) in Big Cypress, a section of the Florida Everglades off SR 29.


Plants found in the park include royal palm, bald cypress, bromeliads, ferns, and orchids.


Among the wildlife of the park are a number of threatened and endangered species: the Florida panther, wood stork, black bear, fox squirrel, and Everglades mink. The park also is home to white-tailed deer, raccoons, opossums, red-shouldered hawks, wild turkeys, owls, and vultures. Alligators, ducks, sandhill cranes, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles, and osprey can be seen in the park.

Recreational activities

Activities include plant and wildlife viewing. Amenities include Janes Scenic Drive, an 11–mile–long unpaved, gravel road, a 2,000 foot boardwalk and guided tours.


Florida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).

Popular culture

The swamp, home of the rare Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii), was featured in the novel The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. The book was the source for Charlie Kaufman's screenplay for the movie Adaptation. [1]

The swamp is featured in an episode of The Finder, where the series protagonist Walter Sherman looks for a missing pilot who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The pilot's remains and plane were found in the Fakahatchee.