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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

  • October Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

    The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. 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?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.