Activities with pets are very limited in Big Cypress National Preserve. Pets are not allowed on any boardwalks or back country hiking trails or in the visitor centers. Pets may accompany visitors in the campgrounds, parking lot grassy areas, picnic areas, and at pullouts along the paved scenic drives. When walking your pet, it must be leashed at all times. Please do not leave your pet unattended.
Car temperatures rise quickly in the sun, even on cool days, especially here in south Florida. Your pet can easily die of heat exhaustion. We recommend you not leave pets in the car at all when temperatures are above 68 degrees. If you must leave a pet in your vehicle, open the windows as much as possible and leave water to drink (remember - a water bowl can be knocked over).
Remember the rules of a good B.A.R.K. Ranger
B = Bag Your Poop
Would your pet like to be a B.A.R.K. Ranger? Contact us or stop by the Nathaniel P. Reed Visitor Center to pick up our B.A.R.K. Ranger activity booklet and earn a B.A.R.K. Ranger badge!
Last updated: September 1, 2022