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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 »

  • 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!

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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?

manatee

Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...