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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 »

Corn Dance Unit Designated Trails

Effective 08/02/2013 the Corn Dance Unit will have approximately 65 miles of designated primary trails and 36 miles of designated secondary trails.

The Corn Dance Unit allows for off-road vehicle access by permitted swamp buggies and all-terrain vehicles. Dispersed camping continues to be allowed within the unit. You may drive your off-road vehicle to a location along a designated trail nearest the camping spot you prefer, park your off-road vehicle along the shoulder of the trail, in such a manner that does not impede travel by other, and carry your camping equipment to the site.

To view the designated primary and secondary trails within the Corn Dance Unit click here. Map effective 08/02/2013.

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

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 Corn Dance Unit of the Preserve.

Did You Know?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.