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Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165
Big Cypress National Preserve received its highest annual visitation in 2014. At the end of November the preserve had already received record visitation. After including December visits, Big Cypress hosted an estimated 1,192,858 visitors for 2014 (an 18 percent increase over 2013). The highest visitation since America's first national preserve was established, in 1974.
Determining visitation is a difficult and imprecise effort. Visitation statistics are reliably good estimates and help park managers see overall trends. Visitation during the fall and winter months continues to be the preserve's busiest months.
Other national park units in Florida had increased visitation last year. Big Cypress celebrated its 40th anniversary on October 11, 2014. Other National Park Service areas celebrating anniversaries have also experienced an increase in visitation.
For more information about Big Cypress National Preserve visitation, please visit us online, at https://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/statistics.htm