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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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?

manatee

Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...