Past Meetup

Exploration Ride in the Fakahatchee

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Janes Memorial Scenic Drive · Copeland, FL

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Come and Explore one of SW Florida's Natural Habitats! This trip will be different as we will be testing out new trails recently cut for the Everglades Ultras 50K trail running race on Feb 22. I have maps of trails to explore I have never been on so this is for the adventurous of spirit. We will be taking a very leisurely ride at a relaxed pace with an average of 11mph. Trip total will be about 20 miles. This bike ride requires you be in good health and resonably fit to traverse a 3-4 hour ride.

Important: The trail will be dirt road, grassy surfaces, sandy, and in some spots muddy. You must be in good physical shape to do this ride. I promise you it will be picturesque but also challenging! Please be sure you have mountain bike tires or hybrid and that your bike is in good running condition.

You can see why some biologist liken this area to a rainforest!

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Driving Directions: Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is located on Janes Memorial Scenic Drive, just west of Copeland on S.R. 29.
From: I-75 take exit 80 South on SR-29 about 12 miles. Then turn west on Janes Memorial Scenic Drive and follow it bearing rigt until you see the observation tower.
From: US-41 in Naples head south about 26 miles from Collier Blvd. then turn left on SR-29 heading north about 3 miles to Janes Memorial Scenic Drive and go west.

We'll park near the park office on the right.

Park Fees: Free Admission

Things to Bring:

Picnic Lunch

Mountain Bike or Hybrid

Spare tire



Water (very important)

Mosquito Repellent

An Adventurous Spirit

Carpooling will be from behind the Cracker Barrel on Collier Blvd. off I-75 leaving at 8:15am sharp!

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park where in the springtime wildlife sightings are usually in record numbers and the weather is still bearable as well as the insects.

Janes Scenic Drive

The trek down Janes Scenic Drive truly showcases the parks different natural communities. We will be riding approximately 6 miles then off to one of the railroad trails branching off Jane's Scenic Lane about another 2 miles which is truly a scenic adventure. If we find the trail blocked by a gators, well, I guess we'll just have to do another trail down the road with hopefully no road blocks.

Possible Speed Bump What you may find besides aligators are Buttonbush and Glades Morning Glory which have responded to recent rains and they’re in full bloom. You’ll spot butterflies ranging from the Zebra Longwing and Ruddy Daggerwing to the White Peacock and the Common Buckeye as they flit from plant to plant along the drive. Don’t forget to look up where you’ll spot Red-shouldered hawks, Swallow Tail kites, Northern harriers, Osprey and perhaps even the Everglades Snail Kite. Eastern Diamondback rattlesnakes, the Florida cottonmouth and other reptiles can be seen sunning themselves on the side of the road as well. And of course, keep an eye out for White-tailed deer, black bear, bobcat and the Florida panther.

This cabin or the dock will be our snack/lunch spot. There is an outhouse at this location.

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