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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 »

  • 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 »

National Preserve Prepares for Ernesto

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Date: August 28, 2006

Big Cypress National Preserve prepares for landfall of the tropical system "Ernesto". Effective 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2006 the Big Cypress National Preserve Visitor Center and administrative facilities will be closed.

All frontcountry campgrounds, which include Bear Island, Pinecrest, Mitchell's Landing and Midway, will be closed as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Additionally, all recreational backcountry access into the preserve will be closed at the same time.

Once the closure is in effect, it will remain in place until the National Park Service assesses damage following the storm, or believes that the threat of the storm has passed. Recorded updates will be posted on the following preserve telephone numbers: 239-695-1201 or 239-695-2000.

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