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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 »

Florida Trail from U.S. 41 to I-75 Reopened

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Date: June 4, 2007
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

As of Monday, June 4, 2007, Pedro Ramos, Acting Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, announced that the Florida Trail from U.S. 41 north to Interstate 75 is reopened to hiking traffic. Additionally, all areas of the Preserve south of Interstate 75 within the Addition Lands have reopened.

The Florida Trail remains closed in areas north of Interstate 75 to the northern boundary of the Preserve due to firefighting activities.

The closure related to recreational access into all areas of the Preserve north of I-75 remains in place until further notice.

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