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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 »

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.

Did You Know?

Many large trees that did exist were harvested in the early 1900s.

There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.