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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

  • October Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

    The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

Turner River Unit Designated Trails

Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational off-road vehicle closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational off-road vehicle use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60 days in an effort to resolve a lawsuit brought against the National Park Service related to the process in which the secondary trails were selected and analyzed for inclusion into the designated trail network.

 

The secondary trails are being analyzed through an environmental review currently being undertaken by the National Park Service. This current review effort will more clearly identify suitable trails that may be included within the designated trail network. Information on this review process can be found here.

 

The Turner River Unit allows for off-road vehicle access by permitted swamp buggies and all-terrain vehicles. Dispersed camping is 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.

The Turner River Unit has approximately 126 miles of designated primary trails.

To view the designated primary trails within the Turner River Unit click here. Map effective 08/01/2014.

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 and Corn Dance Units 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.