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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 »

Preserve Prepares for Tropical Storm Fay

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Date: August 17, 2008
Contact: Bob DeGross

Big Cypress National Preserve is preparing for landfall of Tropical Storm Fay. Effective 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2008 the Oasis Visitor Center and ORV Permit Office will be closed. All frontcountry campgrounds, including Midway, Pinecrest, Mitchell's Landing and Bear Island, will close as of 8:00 p.m. on August 17.

Facilities will remain closed until further notice as the threat of the storm passes and possible damage has been assessed.

Visitors will be allowed to access the backcountry of the preserve throughout this administrative closure. However, those venturing into the preserve should prepare for severe storm conditions, especially flooding, and keep themselves apprised of the location and movements of the tropical storm.

For further information on status of closure and details on when facilities may re-open please revisit the "News" page of the Preserve website.

Did You Know?

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Big Cypress National Preserve is big. REALLY BIG. With a total land area of 1,139 square miles, the state of Rhode Island can easily fit within its boundaries.