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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 »

  • October Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

    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 »

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?

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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.