Freshwater to the Sea

The freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, support the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast. Protecting over 729,000 acres of this vast swamp, Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther.

People participate in a canoe program

Explore the Preserve

Paddle with a ranger, on your own or with a permitted commercial provider, but be prepared.

Festival band

Big Cypress Swamp Heritage Festival

Join us on Saturday, December 3rd for the festival.

ranger program

Get out in the swamp.

Ranger-led activities

find a campground and reserve a space

Looking to Camp?

With 8 campgrounds to choose from you can find your perfect campsite.

learn more about the natural and culture history of the preserve

Discover life in the Preserve

Explore the nature and history of Big Cypress

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141


(239) 695-2000

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