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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center Auditorium

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The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center Auditorium is a reservation-required facility for organized groups. The auditorium is equipped with chairs and tables to accommodate up to 70 people. An outdoor picnic area is on-site. Restrooms and power outlets are also available.

Would you like a virtual tour of the facility? Please click here to get started!

Please click here for an application.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Reservations can be rescheduled for another date, if available.

CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT

Check-in is no earlier than 9:00 am. Check-out must be by 4:00 pm or as listed on your permit.

PARKING

Parking is available in the over-flow parking area. Since parking is limited groups are encouraged to carpool.

LEADER RESPONSIBILITY

The group leader is responsible for ensuring the group's compliance to the rules and regulations of the National Park Service.

EMERGENCIES & SAFETY

Report any law enforcement concerns to the park ranger on duty at the welcome center, or Emergency Dispatch at 800-788-0511. For an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. Keep valuables and property secure at all times. A first aid kit is located at the front desk of the welcome center.

Please report lost and found items to a park ranger at the welcome center.

 
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Did You Know?

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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.