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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »

Scenic Drives

Visitors at the Sweetwater Strand Bridge along the Loop Road. This is a popular birding area year round.

Visitors stopping to enjoy the view along Loop Road.

There are two popular scenic drives within Big Cypress National Preserve.

Loop Road is a 27-mile drive that travels through dwarf cypress forest, pine forests and deep strands.
Click here for a detailed guide.

Turner River / Wagonwheel / Birdon Roads Loop is a 17-mile drive that takes you by open prairies and popular wading bird feeding areas.
Click here for a detailed guide.

While visiting the Preserve, take the time to leave the beaten trail of US 41 (the Tamiami Trail) and take a more leisurely journey along one of these scenic drives.

 

Please remember that it is illegal to feed or harass wildlife. Do not attempt to approach alligators.

Additionally, there are several private home sites along both drives. Please respect private property rights of the residents.

Did You Know?

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Ervin T. Rouse (1917-1981) wrote one of the most popular fiddling tunes of all time..."Orange Blossom Special"...about the luxury train from Orlando to Miami. He was a resident of the Loop Road area and a friend of the Seminoles.