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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. 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 »

Commercial Visitor Services

The National Park Service must determine what types of commercial activities are necessary and appropriate at Big Cypress National Preserve. All commercial activities must operate in a manner that is consistent with the mission of the Preserve and the National Park Service. That is to say, all commercial activities operating within the Preserve should provide high quality visitor experiences while protecting important natural, cultural, and scenic resources.

The 1991 General Management Plan and other planning documents identified the Preserve mission or purpose to provide and protect, in perpetuity, the natural, scenic, hydrologic, and recreational values and cultural resources.

Operating any type of commercial visitor service within Big Cypress National Preserve without written authorization from the United States is a violation of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations. It is a citable offense. If you are in doubt, please contact the Big Cypress National Preserve either by mail, telephone, or in person.

Please use the links below and to the left for more information about specific topics.

Big Cypress National Preserve Commercial Services Plan

NPS Commercial Services Website

If you have questions related to commercial visitor services within the Preserve click here to email.

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