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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

  • October Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

    The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

Who's Involved?


  • 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


  • Camellia Street Grill
  • Florida National Parks Association


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


  • 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

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.

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?

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.