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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

  • October Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

    The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

Backcountry Camping

Big Cypress National Preserve consists of 729,000 acres of backcountry with several miles of multi-use trails to explore. Backcountry camping allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty and challenge of the Preserve's wild side. By carrying everything you need to survive on your back, or in your off-road vehicle you can discover a world beyond where the pavement ends.

 

A Backcountry Camping Permit is required for all backcountry camping. Permits are free and can be filled out on-line and printed. Additionally, they are located at every backcountry trailhead and you can get them at both visitor centers. The permits take only a few minutes to complete. Please click on the link to the right to get started.

 

Please click here for more information about the rules and regulations concerning backcountry camping

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.