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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

I-75, Mile Marker 63

The rest area and the recreational access into the backcountry from it will be closed from the summer of 2013, through the fall of 2014.


The Florida Department of Transportation's contractor is scheduled to begin preliminary work in June of 2013, to survey the I-75/Alligator Alley rest area at Mile Marker 63 in Collier County. Crews expect to start work this summer to construct two recreational access facilities adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area with a larger restroom facility, build a new public safety center, and upgrade the wastewater and water treatment plant at the site. Estimated project completion is fall 2014.

Hikers and motorists are advised that when the contractor closes the area for construction this summer, there will be NO FACILITIES AVAILABLE (including parking, restrooms or potable water) at the Mile Marker 63 rest area until the project is finished. Entrance/exit ramps at this rest area will remain open to allow vehicles to turn around. Motorists may use the rest area at Mile Marker 34 during this work.

Temporary closures of the Florida National Scenic Trail may be necessary during this project and will be coordinated through the National Park Service. Recreational users can access the Florida National Scenic Trail from the Oasis Visitor Center on US 41 (Tamiami Trail) while this area is closed. Access will be maintained for all other users (private property owners, emergency services, etc.).


For more information on the project click here, or contact Jennifer Dorning, Cella Molnar & Associates, inc. toll-free at 877-496-1076, or by email.

Landowners and Florida National Scenic Trail "through hikers" seeking access through the construction area should contact Bob DeGross at 239-695-1107, or by email for details on coordinating access via special permit.


For a downloadable brochure about this project, please select from the links below.



Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

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.