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    National Preserve Florida

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    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 »

Seasonal ORV Closure

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Date: May 29, 2007
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Big Cypress National Preserve will close to all recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) use for a sixty-day period beginning Monday, June 4 through Thursday, August 2, with trails re-opening on Friday, August 3.

This closure applies to all types of ORVs including swamp buggies, airboats, ATVs and street legal 4x4s.

The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a sixty-day seasonal closure to allow a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. The off-road vehicle closure within Big Cypress National Preserve was first instituted in 2002. This closure does not apply to landowners that hold special use permits to access their private properties within the Preserve.

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.