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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 »

Multimedia Presentations

Interested in watching the videos below? Please click on the Big Cypress National Preserve YouTube Channel to the right to watch these and many more interesting videos about the national preserve!

 
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Interesting Alligators
At over 200 million years old and counting, alligators are true survial experts! Find out how they've managed to live so long and more!

 
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Orientation to the preserve
Ever wonder why the preserve is called "Big Cypress?" Or how about who the American Indians were who once called the land home? Just how big is this place? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

 
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Thinking Green in the Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve is conserving resources and working towards a cleaner tomorrow. A perfect example is our new welcome center, which is energy efficient, uses receycled materials and more!

Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.