Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. 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 »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
Big Cypress has two visitor contact stations that provide visitor information & orientation, issuing permits, sales items and other services. Both of these facilities are open year-round.
Both facilities are midway between Miami and Naples along the Tamiami Trail.
BIG CYPRESS SWAMP WELCOME CENTER
The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is an interagency center for all public lands within the Big Cypress Swamp.
Open from 9:00 - 4:30, every day, but Christmas.
The center is approximately five miles east of State Road 29 on the Tamiami Trail.
OASIS VISITOR CENTER
Open from 9:00-4:30, every day, but Christmas.
Off-Road Vehicle Permit Office
Open from 9:00-4:30, Monday through Friday.
Headquarters is located near Naples and Everglades City, along U. S. 41, five miles east of the State Road 29 intersection.
Did You Know?
Within the preserve, the HP Williams and Oasis Wildlife Viewing Platforms are popular areas to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically from January through May. Remeber not to feed or approach these dangerous animals.