• The Florida panther's steely gaze - NPS/RALPH ARWOOD

    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 »


"...to promote and regulate the use of the...national parks...which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

National Park Service Organic Act, 16 U.S.C.1.

The National Park Service is made up of a dedicated staff of individuals who care for special places that were saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Information on these pages will provide insight into the management of Big Cypress National Preserve.


Learn More About Us - Big Cypress Business Plan
In July 2011, the Preserve Business Plan was completed after several years of development. The Plan is used to provide partners a clear picture of what the Preserve is, what our management structure is, what our goals are, how we operate and how outside organizations may assist us in achieving our goals.

hi resoloution version of the plan [34 megs]
lo resoloution version of the plan [2 megs]

Did You Know?


Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.