Alerts & Conditions



  • All entrances and areas are open except for those noted below for special closures.


  • Gulf Coast Visitor Center is closed, however restrooms, parking and the canoe/kayak launch are available. Boat tours and rental reservations can be made online. Wilderness permits can be reserved online and picked up from the Nathaniel P. Reed Visitor Center in Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • East Everglades Day Use Area on the park's northeastern boundary, encompassing SW 168 Street westbound to SW 237 Avenue and the entire roadway of SW 237 Avenue is closed to all public use to ensure public safety during construction operations with heavy machinery.
  • Hog Key on the Gulf Coast is open for camping, but the middle of the key is closed.
  • The interior of Pavilion Key is closed to protect vulnerable resources. The small campsite on the north end remains open for use by wilderness permit.

Trail Conditions:

  • Caution: Halfway Creek is not completely passable at this time. The trail is accessible from Sea Grape Drive in Big Cypress south towards the HC 1 marker. To complete the through-trip, paddlers must head west at the HC3 / L 15 marker, and continue following the L markers. Once across the “lake,” look for the L 14 marker. The numbers will continue to descend and take you to L 5 or L 6. From there, head west and you will come out by Everglades City. The trail is impassable from the L 3 marker up to the L 1 marker.
  • Check here for trail information and conditions.
  • Check here for updates on Wilderness Conditions.


Last updated: January 27, 2023

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