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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 »


A variety of Preserve publications can assist you in planning your visit, finding your way around and learning more about this unique area. The following publications are available at our visitor centers. You may also download and print them from this site.

These publications are freely distributed by the National Park Service. All require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.



* Big Cypress Amphibians (low res)
* Big Cypress Birds (low res) (high res)
* Big Cypress Butterflies (low res) (high res)
* Big Cypress Reptiles (low res) (high res)



* A National Preserve-One Land, Many Uses
* Precolumbian Peoples of Big Cypress (low res) (hi res)



* Orientation-French
* Orientation-German
* Orientation-Italian
* Orientation-Spanish



* Alien Invaders: Burmese Pythons (low res) (hi res)
* American Alligator (low res) (hi res)
* Epiphytes (low res) (high res)
* Fire in Big Cypress (low res) (hi res)
* Florida Panther (low res) (hi res)
* Going Batty in Big Cypress (low res) (hi res)
* Manatees (low res) (high res)
* Orchids (low res) (hi res)
* Red-cockaded Woodpecker (low res) (hi res)
* What's the Big Black Bird (low res) (hi res)


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.