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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    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 »

Financial Donations


Your interest in making a donation to Big Cypress National Preserve is deeply appreciated! Your support helps us complete the many important projects necessary to effectively manage and care for this special place. It's never too late to make a gift to Big Cypress. Please read below to learn more about how you can help.



In addition to donation boxes located at visitor centers, Big Cypress maintains a general donation account into which contributions and donations are deposited. The donor receives a letter of acknowledgement from the preserve superintendent and other recognition, as appropriate.

Unless the donor specifies how they would like the funds to be spent, general donation account funds are used at the preserve's discretion for interpretive, educational or research projects. Large donations may be earmarked for specific projects determined mutually by the donor and the preserve.

Direct contributions can be sent to:

Attn: Superintendent
Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141

Checks should be made out to: "National Park Service"



The purpose of this non-profit organization is to fund and organize projects and activities that help preserve and enhance Big Cypress National Preserve. The group accepts contributions. For more information, visit their website.



The South Florida National Parks Trust was founded in 2002, to improve the quality of life in south Florida by supporting the national parks that define our landscape and enrich our culture. For more information, visit their website.

Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.