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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 »

Who's Involved?

EXHIBITORS

  • Ah-Ta-Thi-Ki Museum
  • Big Cypress National Preserve Environmental Education
  • Big Cypress Welcome Tent
  • Collier Seminole State Park
  • Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed
  • Conservancy
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Everglades Astronomical Society
  • Everglades National Park
  • Everglades Conservation & Sportsman Club
  • Everglades Society for Historic Preservation
  • Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission
  • Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
  • Florida Public Archaeology Network
  • Florida State Forest Service
  • Florida Trail Association- Big Cypress, Happy Hoofers & Alligator Amblers Chapters
  • Friends of Collier County Museums
  • International Dark Sky Association
  • South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association
  • South Florida National Parks Trust
  • United States Geological Survey
 

FOOD

  • Camellia Street Grill
  • Florida National Parks Association
 

COMMERCIAL OPERATORS

  • Captain Steve Swamp Buggy Tours
  • C&G's Swamp Buggy
  • Everglades Adventure Tours
  • Ivey House
  • North American Canoe Tours
  • Scott & Son Everglades Expedition

STATIONARY SWAMP BUGGY PARADE EXHIBIT

  • Captain Steve's
  • C&G's Swamp Buggy
  • Flying Saucer 1950s
  • Lynwood Scott
  • Naples Motor Sports Race Buggy
  • National Park Service Fire buggy
  • National Park Service Law Enforcement buggy
  • Paul Wylee (old buggy)
  • Six tire buggy

 
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Just one of the swamp buggies displayed at this year's Swamp Heritage Festival.
 

PLEASE NOTE: There is limited seating and shade available at the Swamp Heritage Festival, so please feel free to bring your own chair or blanket to sit on and plenty of sunscreen and a hat to wear for protection from the sun.

 
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This festival has been made possible through the generous support of the South Florida National Parks Trust and the Florida National Parks Association
 

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?

Researchers gather data from a bear that was removed as a nuisance.

Do not feed wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.