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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »

  • Portion of Florida National Scenic Trail Closed

    Florida National Scenic Trail as well as its side trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the Orange Blossom Fire. More »

Preserve Reopens for Recreational Off Road Vehicle Access

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Date: July 31, 2007
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent Karen Gustin announced that effective Friday, August 3, 2007 the off-road vehicle (ORV) trails within the Preserve will reopen to all recreational permitted users. The trails are reopening after a sixty-day closure that began in June. The closure is required under the Preserve's ORV Management Plan to allow for a resting period of reduced ORV use within the area. Superintendent Gustin said, "With the reopening of the trail system, we hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable ORV season."

Did You Know?

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The white-tailed deer has a vertical leap of nine feet! This is a useful skill to have when evading predators. How high can you jump?