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 »
Zone 4 to Re-open
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
With recent rains water levels in Zone 4 of Big Cypress National Preserve have risen to allow for the reopening of airboat trails within the zone. The trails will reopen effective June 18, 2012.
The National Park Service reminds all permitted Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) operators that the other portions of the Preserve that allow for wheeled vehicle access remain closed, as part of the annual 60-day closure period, through August 2.
Zone 4 is located within the southeast corner of the Preserve, south of Loop Road, and is the only area within the Preserve that allows for backcountry access via airboat.
For information on other closures within the Preserve click here.
Did You Know?
Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.