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 »
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 »
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 »
Annual Big Cypress Poetry Contest
April is National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with a poetry contest? Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held each April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.
Big Cypress National Preserve invites submissions for the second annual poetry contest. Participants are encouraged to explore the national preserve, and write about their experiences.
Artists, such as poets have been instrumental in bringing awareness of the significance and beauty of America's natural world to the people for over 200 years. Here is your chance to take part in this important and rewarding tradition!
We are accepting poetry submissions March 1 through April 14, 2014.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, and poems will be displayed on the Big Cypress National Preserve website, and Facebook page. Winners will be selected by the staff of Big Cypress National Preserve by April 30, 2014.
For additional information, please contact the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center at 239-695-4758.
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.