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 »
Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Big Cypress National Preserve is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
Big Cypress will assess and communicate complex Preserve conditions in a clear and simple way. Read more
The Preserve will use its SWAMP program to provide educational experience to underserved youths in the Big Cypress Swamp. Read more
Big Cypress National Preserve partnered with artist Damien Joseph (from Denver, Colorado) to provide a hands on beginner, as well as intermediate level water color paint classes. Read more
Big Cypress National Preserve enthusiastically embraced alternative means of reaching out to the public through social media. Read more
Did You Know?
The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.