Picayune Strand State Forest

Picayune Strand
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Picayune Strand State Forest
Riders explore the 22-mile equestrian trail on Picayune State Forest.
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2121 52nd Ave. S.E., Naples, FL 34117

Picayune Strand State Forest is in the heart of an ecosystem called the Big Cypress Basin. The majority of this hydric forest is under water during periods of considerable rainfall. The forest is comprised of cypress strands, wet prairie, and pine flatwoods in the lowlands and subtropical hardwood hammocks in the uplands. The northern section of the Belle Meade Tract contains many second growth South Florida slash pine, with some remnant trees being over 100 years old.


The forest provides habitat for many species of wildlife, making wildlife viewing a popular activity. The following species have been sighted on the forest: black bear, bald eagle, wood stork, Big Cypress fox squirrel and swallow-tailed kites. Although Florida panthers are rarely visible, they do leave tracks for the observant visitor. Female panthers have borne cubs on the state forest in recent years.

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1

Kowiachobee Animal Preserve9.18 miles

2

M & H Stables M&H Stables10.16 miles

3

Stepping Stone Ecotours12.32 miles

4

Florida Sports Park12.62 miles

5

Collier County University Extension15.51 miles

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Grouper and Chips12.02 miles

2

Cracklin' Jacks Catfish, Chicken & Ribs13.14 miles

3

Pho Dai Loc Vietnamese Cafe13.53 miles

4

Aji Limon Peruvian Cuisine13.58 miles

5

Nana's Diner13.85 miles

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Pelican Larry's14.46 miles

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Joey D's14.61 miles

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Sabor Colombiano14.77 miles

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Snead's Oak Grill & Tavern at Lely Resort14.84 miles

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Costa Verde - A Taste of Peru14.97 miles

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Comfort Inn & Suites12.33 miles

2

Super 8 Naples12.33 miles

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Days Inn & Suites Naples12.36 miles

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Naples12.39 miles

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Holiday Inn Express, Naples12.41 miles

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Naples12.54 miles

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La Quinta Inn & Suites Naples East (I-75)12.83 miles

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Quality Inn & Suites Golf Resort13.65 miles

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GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort15.08 miles

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Pelican Larry's14.46 miles

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Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center14.49 miles

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El Morro15.97 miles

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  • Multilingual Staff
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  • Picnic Area
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  • Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
  • Open Year-Round
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  • Bicycling
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
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  • Pets on Leash Allowed
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  • Senior Citizen Discount
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