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 »
Poetry Contest Winners-2013
There was an overwhelming level of interest for the inaugural Big Cypress National Preserve poetry contest, which made the selection process challenging, but very enjoyable.
The winners were selected by the employees of Big Cypress, based on relevance to the Preserve and artistic merit.
The first, second and third place finishers are below:
The sky is awash in a golden glow
I look on ….
I wonder about the stories interlaced in the tides
As I take in the last rays of the setting sun
"Photographing Crocodiles," by Audrey R. Smith
Belly flat, rough planks eroding my elbows.
He meets my single eye with both of his, opalescent earth tones
glittering like cuts of topaz, golden glass waiting, calculating.
I offer nothing, but still he watches me,
drifting closer, those eyes absorbing everything.
Turning slightly, the great tail sweeping back and forth in the cool dark.
A simple series of lumps he appears from the seawall;
passerby may not notice him, a floating stone.
My eye brings the moving mass into sharp relief,
A hundred clicks, then a hundred more.I had captured his companion's smile
He slips silently across the top of the dark brine, nosing the rim where
The burning orb is almost extinguished now, shadows long.What little light remains
When the peace in me
While we searched for clues
Cypress trunks resemble aged ball gowns,
Brown hands bent pliable shoots to mark these trails
Feel who treaded soaked ground.
Step into Florida's shelter.
Did You Know?
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.