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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 »

Appointment System Implemented for Off-Road Vehicle Inspections

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Date: October 24, 2013
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Off-Road Vehicle Office, 239-695-1205

Effective November 1, 2013, the Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Office will be implementing an appointment-based system for off-road vehicle inspections. Inspections will be performed Thursday through Sunday 12:30-4:00 pm.

Appointments can be made by calling the Off-Road Vehicle Office at 239-695-1205. Walk-in inspections will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis Thursday through Sunday 9:00-12:00 pm.

An appointment-based system is necessary to ensure quality visitor service.

To learn more about off-road vehicle use at Big Cypress National Preserve, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/orv-use.htm

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