Down Janes Scenic Drive

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Copeland, Collier County

Janes Scenic Drive Fakahatchee

Janes Scenic Drive takes visitors into the heart of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, eventually connecting to both the East Main Tram and the West Main Tram, Fakahatchee's two major hiking and biking trails. The gravel road is a bit rough but easily passable even for us in our old Honda Fit. The speed limit is 15 mph, strictly enforced by the road's bumps and ruts, but you don't want to drive much faster than that anyway — there are things to see and the possibility of encountering one of the park's residents in the middle of the road. The name remembers three brothers who farmed tomatoes in Copeland during the 1930s. It was built during the 1940s as a bed for the trams, or railroads, that hauled cypress logs out of the swamp and to market. At one time, the road extended as far west as neighboring Picayune State Forest, but now ends at the West Main Tram trailhead. NEXT STOP: The Royals of Fakahatchee


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