Picayune Strand State Forest

Picayune Strand State Forest, Naples: Address, Picayune Strand State Forest Reviews: 2.5/5

Picayune Strand State Forest

Picayune Strand State Forest
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William W
St. Petersburg, FL988 contributions
Not Our Type of Place
Jul 2020
We live in St. Pete and since the start of Covid this is our first road trip. We are staying in Napes for a week. When looking at Google Map of the area, I saw this forest list. Normally I would check TripAdvisor reviews before heading to a new place but for some reason didn't this time.

We agree with the not so favorable reviews for the sole reason that we like parks and forest areas where there are paved walking trails, picnic pavillions, grilles, etc. Obviously upon arrival and driving down the dirt roads for a bit we learned this was not our type of place.

We are sure it is great for those into hiking and getting back to basic, rustic nature.
Written 22 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Norman C
Fort Myers, FL152 contributions
Plan to spend some time here
Oct 2019
We drove through on Everglades Pkwy and Leonard blvd. It is mostly two-lane dirt roads. The only drawback to the day was that the fakahatchee Strand Preserve manager had taken it upon himself to illegally close the road so we could not go through. They are in the process of returning this forest to its original state and reintroducing sheet flow so as to nurture Florida Bay and the Thousand Islands area.

We saw many wading birds including large and small egrets, storks, ibis, juvenile ibis, and roseate spoonbills. We also saw hawks and egrets. As I enjoy photographing all things large and small, I did not want for subject matter.

There are no facilities in this area of the forest. There are walking trails off Sable Road but that is a section we did not visit. We will return to both areas.
Written 30 October 2019
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SBoucheron
18 contributions
in the Everglades
Jan 2019 • Couples
Palm trees and nature are beautiful, there are plenty of birds, deers, etc. A ranger told us they also regularly see bears but we never saw one.
We enjoy going there to ride our bikes because it's very quiet and roads are easy to access in winter. In summer roads can be flooded so I would not recommend to go from June to October. In winter there are fires but most of them are controlled. Last, check when hunting season is open before you go.
Sometimes it feels a bit eerie as you can spend hours without seen anyone... and most important, wildlife can be dangerous, so you must be cautious. Once we faced a large wild bull on the road and we also encountered a big rattlesnake, so stay on the roads and pay attention.
I would never go camping, but for a walk (or ride) of a couple of hours it's worth going there to discover a very unusual part of Florida.
Written 12 May 2019
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debmce2624
14 contributions
Do not go to Picayune Strand State Forest
Jan 2019 • Couples
We drove to the forest on Everglades Blvd andpaid our fee at 52nd street. Luckily we had our SUV since the roads are terrible. We had hoped to hilke Sabal Palm but there are very few “road” signs and the whole place is very creepy. We took folklores the map across Miller “Road” to Office Shortcut but we decided to turns around. It was raining and there were signs saying Impassable during High Water. We have had a month of wonderful and varied adventures in this part of Florida until this trip. Do not go. There is something eerie about the entire park with roads that are Beverly rutted and suddenly end. The gates should remain closed to the public. I had to give 1 star to submit this review but it deserves no stars. And don’t rely on GPS as it’s useless here.
Written 26 January 2019
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Jeanne T
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The Picayune State Forest is a great resource close to Naples for off road bicycling, bird watching, fishing, etc.
Dec 2018 • Friends
As a new winter resident of Naples, I love to explore the back country on my mountain bike. The roads and forest trails at Picayune are a great place to get away from the urban scene in Naples. There are multiple entry points, three in widely separate areas of Naples , and one in the back country that connects with Fakahatchee Strand Preserve near Everglades City. To promote the Picayune one of the foresters offers guided mountain bike rides one a month. They are woefully understaffed at the park, but, they love and promote its huge potential for recreational fun. It’s one of the few places in Florida for bird watchers to find and enjoy viewing the red cockaded woodpecker. With the staffs help, I found and biked to two different RCW habitats and was rewarded with viewing several RCW’s. The history of the park is quite interesting in that it was originally land that was part of a scam to sell “swampland in Florida. You can read about it on the state parks website. There is a maze of limestone roads that were originally destined to be a residential community. Luckily, the scam went bust, the state bought the land back and is restoring the natural water flow. The bird watching and fishing in and near the pump stations is super. Locals fish in the canals deep in the park, catching tarpon and snook. I spend a great deal of time there and recommend it to those who enjoy exploring the Florida wilderness.
Written 7 January 2019
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yvrey
Fort Lauderdale, FL12 contributions
Primitive tent camping
Jan 2019 • Solo
Sucks. I left after two hours. The rings and tables are good but there’s no shade or privacy between sites. They are too close together.
Written 5 January 2019
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Dundercheese
New York City, NY185 contributions
Fun hiking spot
Nov 2017 • Family
Lots of space to walk around and explore. Lots of gators and occasionally a few snakes including rattle snakes and water moccasins. Just watch where you walk and they will leave you alone. Ranfgers around to assist with questions and information
Written 13 November 2017
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Marcia A
Bayside, NY722 contributions
Make sure you have a 4 wheet drive before exploring this place!!
Nov 2017 • Family
This is a remote part of the Everglades. My brother drives a SUV and was very nervous taking it on these roads. I think you are better off with a four-wheel drive. It is also not an area that you should go to alone and make sure that you have a good GPS with you. I didn't walk through the area but could tell that you probably need to be aware of snakes so if hiking through there, I recommend hiking boots. As for birding, we didn't see that much, only an American kestrel, 4 wild turkeys and loads of turkey vultures. It is an area that attracts the Florida panther and I would love to see one but it would have to be in a vehicle that could handle those unpaved dirt roads.
Written 11 November 2017
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andrew1434435335
Naples, FL2 contributions
Attacked
Mar 2017
I started off my trip in the picayune and most of the trip was fine. However towards the end of the trip I stumbled across a little community of people. I decided to explore it in the safety of my Range Rover. All my windows were down and as I slowly drove by the people they yelled things such as cracker,honkey, and ******. I proceeded leaving the comfort and luxury of my Range Rover. I confronted the kids and the biggest one pulled out a piece of rebar from behind a rock. I quickly got into my car and left as the kids threw rocks at my car scratching my glacier white paint.
Written 16 March 2017
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JMunchel
Brookville, IN51 contributions
Great Nature Adventure!
Jan 2016 • Couples
If you're into nature and want to explore the Florida Everglades off the beaten path the Picayune Strand is just that. I've been to the Picayune twice by driving Janes Memorial Scenic Drive to get there. Janes Drive is a great adventure by itself. These are not paved roads. Start the drive at Copeland off FL 29. It will take about an hour to get to the Picayune Stand. You won't see many other vehicles. You should have a vehicle with high clearance, i.e. SUV like. You can drive across the Picayune and come out in Naples. You do need to map it out before you start. I highly recommend Google Maps access with a cell phone so you know exactly where you are. You will be in a remote part of the Everglades and you can get lost. Research the Picayune before you go to add to your experience.
Written 14 December 2016
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