The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their fall 2015 schedule of swamp walks in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. In addition to its 5-hour naturalist-led Swamp Walk, the group is again offering the 3½-hour Tram Tour and Swamp Walk.
Both adventures take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent. The preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds.
For many visitors, a Friends of Fakahatchee Swamp Walk is the highlight of their Florida visit. Led by experienced guides, participants wade through cool water observing the native wildlife and plants in the Fakahatchee Strand. Participants will be required to sign a standard release of liability form.
The naturalist-led Swamp Walk is a long and strenuous adventure, beginning at 9:30 AM and concluding at 2:30 PM. The cost is $80 per person, with $60 youth tickets for those under age 18.This walk is offered Saturday, November 21, Saturday, November 28, Thursday December 10, and Saturday, December 19.
The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins at 9:30 AM and concludes by 1 PM. It begins with a ride on the group’s Ghost Rider tram to the site of the swamp walk. After about 90 minutes of walking through the swamp, participants board the tram for the return trip. The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk is offered for $60 per person on the following Tuesdays: November 17, December 1, December 8 and December 15.
Swamp walkers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear long pants and lace-up boots or sneakers (no waders or open-top boots). A change of clothes for the drive home is also recommended.
The park entrance is on the west side of SR 29 between I-75 and U.S. 41. Swamp walkers meet at the ranger station off Janes Scenic Drive no later than 9:30 AM. It is located at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, FL.
For full details and reservations, visit www.orchidswamp.org and click “events and tours.”