A new naturalist-led tour of the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is the newest Friends of Fakahatchee adventure offered at www.orchidswamp.org. The new tour uses high-tech two way headsets will help tour participants get the most out of their naturalist-led small group tour of the Fakahatchee’s Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. The tour of the National Natural Landmark site on the Tamiami Trail is a morning stroll in dappled shade along the 2,220-foot boardwalk through one of the last remaining stands of virgin cypress trees in Florida. The tour will provide many photography and bird watching opportunities. Highlights include an old growth forest, an active bald eagle nest and an alligator hole at the end of the boardwalk.
The fee is $20 per person. The season’s first tour is Thursday, November 19 from 9 to 10:30 AM. Boardwalk tours are also offered on December 3, 10, 17, and 31. For directions and required reservations, visit www.orchidswamp.org and click “tours and events.”
The Friends of Fakahatchee also offer swamp walks, Ghost Rider tram tours and combination tours of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, through their website.