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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 »

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...