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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »

Bear Island Unit Trails & Facilities

There are 21 miles of designated primary trails and .34 miles of designated secondary trails in the Bear Island Unit of the Preserve. This unit allows for access by swamp buggies, all-terrain vehicles and street-legal 4x4s. Camping in the unit is at designated camping areas only.

Printable map -
Low Res here
hi res here (8 1/2" x 14")
Map updated 07/16/2012.

Click here for a list of all trails in the unit that provides start and end point coordinates, trail length and destination.

Click here for a Google Earth file (.kml), or here for a .gdb file compatible with Garmin GPS units, of trails and facilities in the Bear Island Unit of the Preserve.

Did You Know?

A great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.