Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. 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 »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
Designated Trail Implementation
As of July 22, 2011, all backcountry access via off-road vehicle is along designated primary and secondary trails only. The National Park Service will continue to work closely with the public to ensure the trail network remains sustainable and continues to be improved over time.
The National Park Service continues to implement the Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan, which provides for reasonable off-road vehicle access into the swamp. The goal is to provide a sustainable designated trail system thus eliminating dispersed off-road vehicle use.
Staying on the designated trails will ensure the continuation of off-road vehicle access into the backcountry for generations to come.
Please use the attached form, or email the information requested on the attached form to firstname.lastname@example.org, to request trails within the Preserve.
The process of developing the designated trails involved public input, review of suggestions and submission of a recommendation for primary and secondary trails by the Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee. Upon receiving the recommended trail network from the committee, the National Park Service worked to verify that each recommended trail was suitable and sustainable.
You may download .kml (Google Earth) and .gdb (Garmin Map Source) files of trails for each unit on this page. You may want to download the Google Earth program to view these files. Additionally, you can down load GPS Bable which allows you to convert .kml files to an appropriate file for your GPS unit.
Refrences to non-US Department of the Interior products do not constitute endorsement by the Department of Interior. By viewing the Google Maps on this page the user agrees to these terms set forth by Google.
Travel along trails in all units is only allowed along marked trails.
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.