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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 »

  • 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 »

Fees & Reservations


Some Ranger-led activities require advance reservations to participate in the activities. Reservations are accepted up to 14 days prior to the date of the activity. Contact the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, at 239-695-4758, for details on activities and to make reservations.

Education programs, special request programs or off-site programs can be made by contacting the Education and Outreach Coordinator at 239-695-1164. Requests are limited by staff availability.


There is no entrance fee to access the national preserve. Fees are collected within the national preserve for some facilities and the processing of off-road vehicle permits.


For information on the various campgrounds, amenities, fees and reservations click here.


Off-Road Vehicle Permits
An annual off-road vehicle permit, displayed on the inspected vehicle, is required for off-road vehicle operation along preserve trails. The fee is $100 annually per vehicle permitted. Click here for more information on off-road vehicle use within the preserve.

Did You Know?


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.