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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 »

Places To Go

When you enter the national preserve be on Highway 41, this is where the fun begins. Not only is this roadway an experience in itself, it is the route to all places of interest at Big Cypress. All along the scenic drive there are scenic pull-offs, designed to give you wildlife viewing opportunities.

Depending on which direction you're coming from, you'll definitely want to get the latest information and recomendations at one of our visitor contact stations. Big Cypress National Preserve (from the east) is Oasis Visitor Center, Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center (from the west). At these locations, you will be greeted by a National Park Ranger, who will welcome you and provide you with a map and other information about the national peserve.

In addition to a few stops along the way, plan a stop at the visitor centers, bookstores, and interesting exhibits. Kirby Storter Boardwalk is a great place to spend some time and you will see hiking trailheads all along the scenic drive.

If you want to visit virtually, get to know Big Cypress National Preserve by clicking on Nature & Science and History & Culture. Take a web trip to other National Park Service areas by visiting nps.gov and the Web Ranger site.

Did You Know?

A young alligator emerges from its egg.

Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.