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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 »

  • October ORV Advisory Committee Meeting Canceled

    The National Park Service (NPS) at Big Cypress National Preserve has canceled the previously scheduled Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Advisory Committee (ORVAC) meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

All Fire Related Closures Lifted in Preserve

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Date: June 8, 2007
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

As of Friday, June 8, 2007, Pedro Ramos, Acting Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, announced that all fire related closures within the Preserve have been removed. This allows visitors to once again access the entire Florida Trail within the Preserve boundaries, the Bear Island Unit, and areas of the Addition Lands north of Interstate 75.

All non-fire related closures remain in affect. This includes the annual 60 day recreational ORV access closure that was implemented on June, and will remain in affect through Thursday, August 2. Additionally some facilities within the Preserve remain closed for the slow summer season.

For more information on closures within the Preserve, click on the highlight to the right.

Fire activity related to the Big Cypress Complex Fires has been greatly reduced though Preserve fire staff continue monitoring and mop-up of fire areas.

Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.