Big Cypress National Preserve is open 24 hours a day year round. Visitors can enter or exit at any time. To stay overnight, visitors must be in a designated campground site or in the backcountry with a valid permit.
From time to time, the superintendent implements area closures to protect resources, or to ensure visitor safety. When necessary, park rangers will issue citations to persons violating the terms of a closure.
The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center and the Oasis Visitor Center are open seven days per week from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Both facilities are closed December 25. For more information on visitor centers at the national preserve, please click here.
The Off-road Vehicle Permit Office located at Oasis Visitor Center is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm for walk-in first-come, first-served assistance and from 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm for appointments only. The office is open on Monday for appointments only. The office is closed on December 25th.
The Preserve Headquarters Office, located in Ochopee, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The office is closed on all federal holidays.