Operating Hours & Seasons

Big Cypress National Preserve is open to public use 24 hours a day year round. Visitors can enter or exit at any time.Overnight stays 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 special resources, or to ensure visitor safety. When necessary, park rangers will issue citations to persons violating the terms of a closure.

The Nathaniel P Reed Visitor 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 25th.

The Off-road Vehicle Permit Office located at Oasis Visitor Center is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm by appointment 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.


Last updated: February 1, 2021

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33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141


(239) 695-2000

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