Plan Your Visit

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Visitors explore the swamp with a ranger on the Kirby Storter Boardwalk

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Welcome to Big Cypress National Preserve!

Big Cypress National Preserve is an expansive part of the natural and protected lands in South Florida. With 729,000 acres of hardwood hammocks, pinelands, prairies, cypress swamps, and mangroves to explore, planning is a must and this website is a great place to start! See you soon!

What Can I Do?

Plan on spending at least a few hours in the national preserve, exploring scenic drives, picnic areas, and several of the viewpoints and boardwalks. If time permits, consider attending a ranger-guided activity. Discovery hikes, astronomy nights, and wildlife programs are some of the ways you can experience the Preserve up close and personally. Check at visitor centers for more information.

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Basic Information

Get all the essential information for your trip. Explore the hours, seasons, fees and reservations, weather, and bringing your pets with you.


Download checklists, maps, and more

Directions and Transportation

Get directions to Big Cypress and download park maps

Download the NPS App

Stay up to date on everything National Park Service by downloading the NPS App

Eating and Sleeping

Find out about camping in the preserve

Places to go

Explore the preserve driving the roads and in the backcountry

Things to Do

There are a wide variety of activities to do in the preserve. Join ranger led programs, go hunting, go hiking and so much more.


Find a daily list of events in the park


Prepare yourself to safely enjoy the preserve's wildlife and climate as you explore


Find general information about accessibility in the major areas of Big Cypress

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Last updated: January 3, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141


239 695-2000

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