Panorama: Ralph G. Kendrick Dwarf Cypress Boardwalk

By: Kevin Mims


Folks, if you want to see one of the most unique landscapes in the whole state, head to the Ralph G. Kendrick Boardwalk in Tate's Hell State Forest and check out the Dwarf Cypress forest. Seriously, this place looks like something out of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel.

Dwarf Cypresses are found in other places in Florida, but not in such a concentration as you'll find in Tate's Hell State Forest. It's a little bit of a trip down dirt roads to reach the boardwalk, but it's worth the effort. Do bring insect repellent, though. The yellow flies can be pretty thick here in the summer months.

Take a spin around in the panorama, and you'll see you are high above the treetops here. The view really is spectacular, but it's difficult to get a good photo for scale in the forest itself. On the road leading to the boardwalk, keep your eyes on the ditches and you'll see several trees along the ditches that make for good images.

Now, get to checking things out, and for more information and directions to the boardwalk, visit

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