• The Florida panther's steely gaze - NPS/RALPH ARWOOD

    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

  • Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure

    Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »

For Kids

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A budding young naturalist

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People of all ages can have a great time exploring the Big Cypress with their families and friends. If you are new to the Preserve participating in any one of our regularly scheduled ranger programs is a great way to discover what's here. You can take a stroll along one of our trails or visit one of the wildlife viewing areas in search of some amazing animals. Many families enjoy camping and fishing in the area. With a little work, kids can even become a Junior Ranger!

Did You Know?

A young alligator emerges from its egg.

Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.