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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 »

Operating Hours & Seasons

Big Cypress National Preserve is open 24 hours a day year round. Visitors can enter or exit at any time. To stay overnight, visitors must be in a designated campground site or in the backcountry with a valid permit.

From time to time, the superintendent implements area closures to protect resources, or to ensure visitor safety. When necessary, park rangers will issue citations to persons violating the terms of a closure.

The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center and the Oasis Visitor Center are open seven days per week from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Both facilities are closed December 25. For more information on visitor centers at the national preserve, please click here.

The Off-road Vehicle Permit Office located at Oasis Visitor Center is open Thursday through Monday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The office is closed December 25.

The Preserve Headquarters Office, located in Ochopee, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The office is closed on all federal holidays.

 

Did You Know?

Researchers gather data from a bear that was removed as a nuisance.

Do not feed wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.