• The Florida panther's steely gaze - NPS/RALPH ARWOOD

    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 »

Traffic & Travel Tips

Drive Safely — Save wildlife as well as yourself!

Every year in the United States 200 people are killed, and 29,000 injured as a result of vehicle accidents related to wildlife collisions. These types of accidents generate more than $1 billion in property damage annually. There is no data on the countless number of animals killed as a result of roadkill.

Vehicle accidents are a major cause of death within the Florida panther population. Between 2000 and 2005, more than 35 panthers were killed by cars.

While driving through Florida, be aware of the multitudes of wildlife that must cross the road to take full advantage of their home. Drive with care through panther habitat, especially during dawn, dusk and night hours. Obey special posted speed zones in areas that panthers are known to frequent.

Florida Highway Map

Click on the link to visit the Florida Highway Patrol's online state road map.

Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.