• The Florida panther's steely gaze - NPS/RALPH ARWOOD

    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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 »


Backcountry permits are required for anyone traveling off from the main designated roads into the preserve. You can obtain permits at trail heads. If you have questions about backcountry permits, call 239-695-1205, or e-mail inquiries by clicking here.


Filming/Photography Permits are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recording to ensure protection of resources, to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses, or when they involve props, models, professional crews and casts or set dressings. Permits are required for access to areas normally closed to the visiting public.
For more information, please click here.


Access permits, burn permits and other permits required by landowners within the preserve can be obtained by calling 239-695-1117, or by clicking here.


Permits are required for off-road vehicle operation within the Preserve. For details on permits, click here. If you have further questions about the off-road vehicle permitting process you may call 239-695-1205, or send questions by e-mail by clicking here.


For those wanting to conduct special research within the Preserve, a permit is required. For details on research permits call 239-695-1105, or e-mail your request by clicking here.


Permits may be issued for requests for special uses within the Preserve. These uses include, but are not limited to such things as film permits, request for events or special access requests. For information on Special Use Permits you may call 239-695-1117, click here, or e-mail your request by clicking here.

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.