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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 »

40th Anniversary Schedule of Events

We invite you to join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Big Cypress National Preserve, throughout 2014.

More information will be provided as details are confirmed for events, so be sure to keep checking our schedule of events page for the latest!

2014 activities are being planned for:

  • April 14 - celebrating Marjory Stoneman Douglas' birthday
  • October 11 - commemorating the date of the bill establishing the national preserve
  • December 6 - celebrating the fourth annual Swamp Heritage Festival
Join us December 7, 2013, at our third annual Swamp Heritage Festival for the kick-off of the anniversary celebration year!

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...