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 »
Secondary Trail Closure
Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »
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 »
Swamp Heritage Festival - How Can I Help?
Courtesy - Déda Maldonado’
BE A FESTIVAL SPONSOR!
Would you or your organization like to support the Swamp Heritage Festival through sponsorship? Sponsorship opportunities start at just $250 and are tax deductible!
For any questions or suggestions about our sponsorships, please contact us at 239-695-4758, or e-mail us
WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER?
Volunteers will play a vital role in the success of the Swamp Heritage Festival. We can't do it without you! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:
Volunteers can support the festival in many ways. Here are just a few examples of how we need your help in planning the Festival:
We also need your help the day of the festival!
Do you have a particular skill or interest not listed? Please contact us and we'll see how we can get you involved! Thank you for your interest and support for the third annual Swamp Heritage Festival!
Sincerely,The Festival Steering Committee
This festival provides a venue for individuals and groups with a deep connection to the Big Cypress Swamp an opportunity to share stories of the past and hopes for the future related to this special place. The views and opinions of participants are not necessarily those of the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Ervin T. Rouse (1917-1981) wrote one of the most popular fiddling tunes of all time..."Orange Blossom Special"...about the luxury train from Orlando to Miami. He was a resident of the Loop Road area and a friend of the Seminoles.