Make sure you are prepared for the worst. Carol Swingle, 60, of Miami recently found herself alone in the Fakahatchee Strand for more than two days with no food or water and dressed in only shorts, a sun shirt and flip flops. Incredible story:http://www.naplesnews.com/news...
Best Place to Hike - 2007
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Okay, so it's in Collier County, but it's close enough (about an hour-and-a-half drive) and the drive is more than worth it. Called the "Amazon of North America," this area is unparalleled for swamp-tromping. Twenty miles long by five miles wide, it's an explosion of flora and fauna, from the wetter swamps and prairies, to the drier islands of tropical hardwood hammocks and pine rocklands where Eastern indigo snakes and Florida black bears roam. Its groves of native royal palms are the most abundant in the state. Oh yeah, it's also the orchid and bromeliad capital of the continent, with 44 native orchid species and fourteen different kinds of native bromeliads.