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 »
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 »
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.).
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.
Did You Know?
Big Cypress National Preserve is big. REALLY BIG. With a total land area of 1,139 square miles, the state of Rhode Island can easily fit within its boundaries.