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 »
Stairsteps Unit Designated Trails
The secondary trails are being analyzed through an environmental review currently being undertaken by the National Park Service. This current review effort will more clearly identify suitable trails that may be included within the designated trail network. Information on this review process can be found here.
Zone-2 allows for off-road vehicle use by Swamp Buggies and all-terrain vehicle. Dispersed camping is allowed. You may drive to a location along a designated trail nearest the camping spot you prefer, park along the shoulder of the trail in such a manner that does not impede travel by others, and carry your camping equipment to the site. Currently, there are six miles of primary trails within the unit.
Zone-3 currently allows for off-road vehicle use by Swamp Buggies and all-terrain vehicles. Dispersed camping is allowed, as described above. The unit currently has three miles of primary trails.
Zone-4 can be accessed only by airboats. Airboats may access designated camp areas. This zone currently has 57 miles of designated trails.
To view a map (11" x 17") of the trails of all zones in the unit that allow off-road vehicle access click here.
Click here for a list of trails in the unit that provides coordinates of start and end points, identifies whether a trail is open or closed, length of trail and destination information.
Did You Know?
The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.