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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »

  • Portion of Florida National Scenic Trail Closed

    Florida National Scenic Trail as well as its side trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the Orange Blossom Fire. 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?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."