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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 »

Join Our Friends

The National Park Service and Big Cypress National Preserve work closely with a variety of organizations to accomplish our mission. Our friends include:

Non-Governmental and Not For Profit Organizations


The Florida National Parks Association is the official private, non-profit partner supporting educational, interpretive, and historical and scientific research responsibilities of Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Everglades National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve.


South Florida Community Partners is a dynamic group of residents, entrepreneurs, students, professionals, activists and volunteers who join with the National Park Service staff to enhance cultural diversity in south Florida's national park sites by providing programs, resources and opportunities that are available to all.


The South Florida National Parks Trust was founded in 2002, to improve the quality of life in south Florida by supporting the National Park Service sites that define our landscape and enrich our culture.




US Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats.

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge was established in June 1989, under the authority of the Endangered Species Act to protect the Florida panther and its habitat.

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is located in Collier County on the southwest coast of Florida. Established in 1996, this 35,000-acre refuge protects important mangrove habitats and a rich diversity of native wildlife, including several endangered species.


United States Geological Survey (USGS) assists in collecting valuable research data to help monitor the health of this special place.

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) protects, preserves, manages, restores and enhances the nation's coastal resources and ecosystems along 95,439 miles of United States shoreline.

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the Rookery Bay Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America.



Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is a linear swamp forest, approximately twenty miles long by five miles wide and oriented from north to south. It has been sculpted by the movement of water for thousands of years and clean fresh water is the key to its existence.

Friends of Fakahatchee

Collier-Seminole State Park Experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the Everglades, as well as a forest of tropical trees at Collier-Seminole State Park. The 7,271-acre park lies partly within the great mangrove swamp of southern Florida, one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world.

Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

Feeding alligators creates nuisance alligators. Every year alligators that have been fed by visitors begin to lose their fear of humans. If these animals become aggresive they are killed to ensure visitor safety. To avoid this tragic end for these unique animals DO NOT FEED THEM.