Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
Campfire Ban in Effect.
Due to severe fire conditions campfires restrictions are currently in place. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
2012 Swamp Heritage Festival
Contact: Jill Wilson, 239-695-4758
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Big Cypress National Preserve is excited to announce the 2012 Swamp Heritage Festival. This annual family-friendly event shines a spotlight upon the people with a deep connection to the Big Cypress Swamp, whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today's unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative presentations, and exhibits everyone can learn what daily life was like in such a remote, and at times, inhospitable place. These unique chapters in American history add to the rich and colorful tableau that comprises our shared past and present.
The festival will take place Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141.
For more information, and an agenda of speakers and exhibitors, visit the event page by clicking here.
Special thanks to the South Florida National Parks Trust for their generous support for the festival.
Did You Know?
Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.