Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
Campfire Ban in Effect.
Due to severe fire conditions campfires restrictions are currently in place. 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 »
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?
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.