• The Florida panther's steely gaze - NPS/RALPH ARWOOD

    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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?


  • 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?


Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.