Scenic Drives

The sun colors clouds orange behind silhouetted trees reflected in water along Turner River Road.
Colorful sunset view along Turner River Road

Scenic Drives

Discover the real Big Cypress National Preserve by getting off the highway and into the swamp. Both roads can accommodate any passenger vehicle.

Please remember that it is illegal to feed or harass wildlife. Do not attempt to approach alligators. Stay at least 25 feet from all wildlife. Their lives and yours may depend on it.

Additionally, there are several private home sites along both drives. Please respect private property rights of the residents.

Take your time, enjoy the scenery, and watch for wildlife.

Loop Road

Journey 27 miles through dwarf cypress forest, pine forests, hardwood hammocks, and some of the most photographed landscape in the Preserve. Download a detailed guide (PDF).

Turner River / Wagonwheel / Birdon Roads Loop Drive

This 17-mile drive takes you through open wet prairies and popular wading bird feeding areas. It's a great place for spotting wildlife!
Download a detailed guide (PDF).

While visiting the national preserve, take the time to leave the beaten path of US-41 (Tamiami Trail) and experience a more leisurely journey along one of these lovely scenic drives.

Last updated: November 8, 2023

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