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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

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    The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

Directions

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PHYSICAL ADDRESS

FROM WEST COAST OF FLORIDA
(North Naples, Fort Myers, Tampa, etc.)

  1. Take I-75 (Alligator Alley) South to Exit 80, SR-29.
  2. Head south on SR-29 (towards Everglades City) 17 miles to where it intersects with US-41 (Tamiami Trail).
  3. Turn Left onto US-41 southbound and proceed approximately two miles.
  4. Big Cypress Swamp Welcome center will be on your right, on the south side of US-41.

FROM EAST NAPLES / SOUTH NAPLES / MARCO ISLAND / EVERGLADES CITY

  1. These visitors will find it fastest to find US-41 southbound and proceed directly along it, as if they were heading for Miami.
  2. Keep an eye out for the intersection of US-41 / SR-29 (flashing light) –you will only go approximately two miles further beyond that intersection.
  3. Big Cypress Swamp Welcome center will be on your right, on the south side of US-41.
  4. Oasis Visitor Center is another 20 miles down the road, on the opposite side.

FROM THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA
(Fort Lauderdale & Northward)

  1. Take I-75 North out of Fort Lauderdale and drive across to Exit 80 (SR-29 / Everglades City)
  2. Head south on SR-29 (towards Everglades City) 17 miles to where it intersects with US-41.
  3. Turn Left onto US-41 / Tamiami Trail southbound and proceed approximatley two miles.
  4. Big Cypress Swamp Welcome center will be on your right, on the south side of US-41.
  5. Oasis Visitor Center is another 20 miles down the road, on the opposite side.

FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
(Miami / Homestead / Florida Keys)

  1. These visitors will find it fastest to find US-41 / Tamiami Trail northbound (called SW 8th Street in Miami itself) and proceed northbound (techinically, you are travelling west) all the way out.
  2. From the Keys or Homestead, Florida, we recommend taking 997 Krome Avenue, North to reach US-41.
  3. Once you leave the edge of Miami (at the intersection of US-41 / 997) you will drive about 40 miles.
  4. Oasis Visitor Center is located on the right, on the north side of US-41.
  5. Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is another 20 miles down the road on the opposite side.

Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.