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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 »

Stairsteps Unit Designated Trails

The Stairsteps Unit is broken into various zones.

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 6 miles of primary and .5 miles of secondary 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 3 miles of primary and .5 miles of secondary 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 low resolution map (11" x 17") of the trails of all zones in the unit that allow off-road vehicle access click here.
For a high resolution version to print click here.
Map updated 07/26/2011.

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.

Click here for a Google Earth file (.kml), or here for a .gdb file compatible with Garmin GPS uints, of trails and facilities in the Stairsteps Unit of the Preserve.

Did You Know?

A great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.