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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 »

Virtual Tour

There are several virtual tours available to you! Please click on the images below to begin your tour.

 

BIG CYPRESS SWAMP WELCOME CENTER
Dedicated in 2010, the welcome center is on the western edge of the preserve. Be sure to stop here for information, sales items and refreshments.

Click here for more information about this facility.

 

OASIS VISITOR CENTER
A landmark since the 1960s, this building used to be a private airport, and convenient store. Today, it serves as a visitor center on the eastern end of the preserve. Be sure to stop here for information, sales items and light refreshments.

Click here for more information about this facility.

 

KIRBY STORTER ROADSIDE PARK
Once here, you will find a one-mile round-trip boardwalk that takes you into a mature cypress Strand. This is a popular spot for birders and photographers. Enjoy the tour!

Click here for more information!

 

BIG CYPRESS SWAMP WELCOME CENTER AUDITORIUM
Located at the welcome center, the auditorium often holds art exhibits, public meetings and events.

This facility is also reservable for your next event. Click here to learn how!

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.