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    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 »

Oil Spill Response

Though Big Cypress National Preserve is mostly inland, there are some coastal resources within the Preserve along the southern boundary. This estuary zone is protected by the Ten Thousand Islands of Everglades National Park.

At this time no closures have occurred in the Preserve in response to the oil spill. However, management personnel at the preserve are monitoring the situation in the Gulf closely.

All regularly scheduled activities and procedures are still in effect.


On April 20, 2010 an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. 126 people were on board, 11 people are still missing and presumed dead.

The National Park Service is focused on minimizing the impact of the land-bound oil on park resources to the greatest extent possible.

If you are interested in volunteering with relief efforts, click here for more information.

Preserve staff are working in concert with other government and local partners. The National Park Service is drawing extensively on resources to provide a complete response to this incident.

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.