Big Cypress has two visitor contact stations that provide visitor information and 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 daily, 9:00-4:30 pm. The welcome center is closed December 25.
The center is approximately five miles east of State Road 29 on the Tamiami Trail.
OASIS VISITOR CENTER
Open daily, 9:00-4:30 pm. The visitor center is closed December 25.
Off-Road Vehicle Permit Office
Off-road vehicle inspections are conducted 9:00-12:00 pm, on a first-come, first served basis, and 12:30-4:00 pm by appointment only. The office is available for renewals on Mondays only.
For more information contact the office at 239-695-1205.
Open from 9:00-4:30 pm, 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?
Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.