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    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 »

2013 ORV Permits On Sale

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Date: December 12, 2012
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Kit Carrington, 239-695-1205

Beginning Friday, December 14, 2012 the 2013 ORV permits for Big Cypress National Preserve will be on sale at the ORV Permit Office located in the Oasis Visitor Center. For more information on ORV use within the preserve and permits required for this recreational access click here. You may also contact the ORV office at 239-695-1205. The ORV office is open from Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Mondays the office is open for permit renewals only.

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