Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
Campfire Ban in Effect.
Due to severe fire conditions campfires restrictions are currently in place. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
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.
Turner River / Wagonwheel / Birdon Roads Loop is a 17-mile drive that takes you by open prairies and popular wading bird feeding areas.
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?
Please do not feed any of the wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.