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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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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Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...