Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve is a National Park in the state of Florida in the United States of America. It is adjacent to Everglades National Park.

Understand

The Preserve protects over 720,000 acres (2,913 km²) of freshwater swamp essential to the health of the Everglades ecosystem.

History

For the past 150 years the Big Cypress Swamp has served as home or refuge to American Indian peoples including the Miccosukee Tribe, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida as well as early European settlers. The descendents of these people can still be found living here to this day.

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 74 77 80 84 88 90 91 91 89 85 81 76
Nightly lows (°F) 50 53 56 60 66 71 72 73 73 68 60 54
Precipitation (in) 2.4 2.8 3.3 2.9 4.3 9.4 8.7 9.7 7.8 4.4 2.4 2.0

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

South Florida experiences two main seasons.

Get in

Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley) and US Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail) are the main roads that traverse the Preserve. Visitor facilities and most activities originate from the Tamiami Trail. The Oasis Visitor Center is located along the Tamiami Trail, 50 miles west of Miami and 50 miles east of Naples.

Fees/Permits

There are no entrance fees. An annual ORV permit, displayed on the inspected vehicle, is required for ORV operation along preserve trails ($50 in 2006). The permit can be obtained at the Oasis Visitor Center.

Get around

Once at the Preserve, hiking or off-road vehicles (permit required).

Do

Hiking trails

As of February 1, 2008 an agreement was reached with the Seminole Tribe to allow hikers in the preserve with the Florida Trail Association. You still need to file the proper paper work with the Seminole Tribe, form available from Florida Trail Association.

Hiking is allowed through unmarked areas as well as on this marked trail:

Sleep

Camping

Campgrounds may close seasonally, temporarily for repairs or for resource concerns. Contact the Oasis Visitor Center, 239-695-1201 for campground availability and information on closures. All campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping is limited to 10 days.

Go next

See Everglades National Park.

Routes through Big Cypress National Preserve

Tampa Naples ← Jct N S  N  S  Weston Miami
Tampa Everglades City  N  S  Miami Miami Beach


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