Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk; Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

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Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is 2300 feet of Florida eye candy. Here you’ll enjoy an up close & personal stroll through the world’s largest cypress/royal palm forest. Federally designated a Registered Natural Landmark, it’s aptly known as the Amazon of North America.

Bromeliads are plentiful, as are ferns and aquatic plants. Huge cypress trees shelter the Boardwalk and the bizarre strangler fig is a startling sight. Of course, you can count on seeing alligators. And there’s a visible bald eagle’s nest that’s occupied year after year…always a popular photo stop. The boardwalk terminates at a small, picturesque swamp pond, complete with gators, fish and lush aquatic plants.

While the walk out & back is less than a mile, it is brimming with beauty. And very educational, as dozens of small signs teach about the plants and animals that thrive here. You might also want to check out the gift shop, which offers some authentic Native American crafts.  And the little pond out front can be entertaining, as well, with its resident alligator, fish and native vegetation.

This visit was much different than our trip on Janes Scenic Drive. While the drive was enjoyable, the incredibly rich ecosystem of Fakahatchee Strand is best enjoyed on foot, whether here on the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk or on one of the trails along Janes Scenic Drive.

Check out our Photo Gallery and the WonderMap (below), then put this one on your Florida Bucket List.


Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk WonderMap. NOTE: Click on the waypoint flags for location photos.


Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is located at 25.941577, -81.469573


References & More Information:

Fakahatchee Strand PDF Brochure

Fakahatchee Strand PDF Trail Map

Fakahatchee Strand Bird List

Fakahatchee Strand Vertebrates

Fakahatchee Strand Orchid List

Fakahatchee Strand Butterfly List

East River Canoe Route

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