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 »
40th Anniversary Celebration
PRESERVE, PROTECT, ENJOY
Forty years ago, on October 11, 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the bill establishing Big Cypress National Preserve as the first national preserve in the National Park System.
The Big Cypress was created through a grassroots effort by many to ensure that the Big Cypress Swamp would be protected and enjoyed for generations to come.
In establishing Big Cypress National Preserve, Congress defined the national preserve's purpose as to:
"to assure the preservation, conservation, and protection of the natural, scenic, hydrologic, floral and faunal, and recreational values of the Big Cypress Watershed in the state of Florida and to provide for the enhancement and public safety thereof."
Whether you're a regular visitor, a national park traveler, or a virtual explorer, Big Cypress National Preserve hopes that our 40th anniversary will inspire you to experience and connect with the national preserve that has inspired 40 years of protection and that will continue to enchant and delight visitors and stewards for another 40 years!
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!
Did You Know?
Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.