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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 »

Turner River Unit Designated Trails

The Turner River Unit allows for off-road vehicle access by permitted swamp buggies and all-terrain vehicles. Dispersed camping continues to be allowed within the unit. You may drive your off-road vehicle to a location along a designated trail nearest the camping spot you prefer, park your off-road vehicle 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.

Effective 08/02/2013 the Turner River Unit has approximately 126 miles of designated primary trails and 49 miles of designated secondary trails.

To view the designated primary and secondary trails within the Turner River Unit click here. Map effective 08/02/2013.

Click here for a list of all trails in the unit that provides coordinates of start and end points, identifies whether it is open or closed, length of trail and destination.

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

Did You Know?

Many large trees that did exist were harvested in the early 1900s.

There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.