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Attention: This facility will be unavailable for reservation from April 15 thru August 15, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Gator Head Campground, FL

part ofBig Cypress National Preserve, National Park Service
Photo: Gator Head Campground
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Gator Head Campground is located within the Bear Island Unit of the preserve. It is only accessible by off-road vehicle, foot, or bike. This campground is the ideal spot for hunters and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. A permit is required when using an off-road vehicle.

Natural Features:

This remote campground surrounds a lake offering views from every site. Palm trees line the sites providing minimal shade.


Gator Head offers access to hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, off-road vehicle trails, photography, and birding. Permits are required for hunting, fishing, and off-road vehicle use.


This small primitive campground offers nine tent sites with picnic tables and fire rings. There is no potable water. Vault toilets are available for use. There is one handicapped accessible site available.

Nearby Attractions:

Bear Island Unit offers 20 plus miles of backcountry trails. Everglades City is located 30 miles south and provides dining, sight-seeing, and historical sites. Everglades National Park can also be accessed via Everglades City. Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is also located 30 miles to the south. The Oasis Visitor Center is located 50 miles to the southeast.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Tent sites
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
Know Before You Go
  • There is no vehicle access to this campground unless you are using a properly permitted off-road vehicle, or by foot or bike.
  • Due to the remote nature of this campground food must be stored in a manner as to not attract wildlife.
  • Cell phone coverage is minimal.
  • There is no potable water available.
  • Off-road vehicle use is not allowed in the campground.
  • Pets are not allowed at this campground.
  • For more information please call the off-road vehicle office at 239-695-1205.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
26.22376, -81.26765
26°13'26"N, 81°16'4"W


Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Gator Head Campground
52105 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee  FL  34141

Phone Number:

Information:  (239)695-1205
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