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Dwarf Cypress Stand in Tate's Hell State Forest
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Dwarf Cypress Stand in Tate's Hell State Forest

This one-of-a-kind oddity is a bowl-shaped depression in the forest covering dozens of acres.  For no known reason, the cypresses here have never grown more than about 20’ tall.  (Normal cypress growth can be more than 100’) Also known as Bonsai or Hat-Rack Cypress – these trees are found throughout Tate's Hell, but nowhere more pronounced than in the area of this boardwalk. Many of the trees are more than 300 years old, but they grow to a height of only 6-15 feet. No one is exactly sure what causes the cypress in this area to be dwarfed. The trees are not genetically different from other pond-cypress trees in the area, and seeds from these trees will grow to normal heights when planted on other sites. Facilities include information kiosk with excellent interpretation of the ecosystem, boardwalk, and observation tower.

The Ralph G. Kendrick Boardwalk built by the Forest Service provides and overlook for safe and wheelchair-accessible viewing. 

Important Note:  All forest roads are unpaved, and should not be attempted in wet weather or after dark.  Your phone may not work in the forest.

Click here to watch a wonderful video from The Florida Channel: 

www.thefloridachannel.org/videos/off-beaten-path-tates-hell-state-forest/

For more information, www.floridahikes.com/kendrick

Location via GPS:  The boardwalk overlook at the Dwarf Cypress Stand is located at the following coordinates:

 29 degrees 50’05.58” N

 84 degrees 47’35.65” W

 

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