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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 »

Recommendations & NPS Responses

Memo- Vehicle Specs-Final

Recommendation for Implementation of Stairsteps Unit ORV Trail System, 05/30/2013 (51.2 KB, .pdf file)
Click here to view map referred to in Stairsteps Unit recommendation.

Managing guest access to private property in-holdings, 10/26/10 (82.0 KB, .doc file)

Secondary trails, 10/26/10 (72.2 KB, PDF file)

Secondary trails, NPS response, 4/12/12 (19.0 KB, PDF file)

Managing trail terminus areas, 7/16/10 (26.4 KB, PDF file)

Managing trail terminus areas, NPS response, 4/12/12 (29.2 KB, PDF file)

Managing trail pull-offs, including dispersed camping, 10/26/10 (55.6 KB, PDF file)

Managing trail pull-offs, including dispersed camping, NPS response, 4/12/12 (36.8 KB, PDF file)

Disclaimer: Links within the above document(s) were valid as of the date published.

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