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 »
Freedom Of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access any Big Cypress National Preserve, National Park Service, or Department of the Interior records unless the information in those records is protected by one or more of the nine exemptions (reasons an agency may withhold records from a requester) and there is a sound legal basis to withhold them.
If you are seeking general information about Big Cypress National Preserve, the information you are seeking may already be available via the Internet, on this Web site, at Preserve visitor centers, or by simply calling the Preserve at (239) 695-1153, mailing, or e-mailing your question to the Preserve. If it is not, you will need to submit a written FOIA request (there is no official request form, just send us a letter describing the records you desire) to:
You may also submit FOIA requests to the NPS or the DOI. If you have questions on what information is available without submitting a FOIA request or where it may be located, contact one of the NPS or DOI FOIA Contacts. Our responsibility is to provide you with copies of the documents you are entitled to receive under the law. We want to work with you to achieve that goal.
Requesting information related to a vehicle related incident? Click here for the related FOIA request form.
Did You Know?
Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."