Big Cypress National Preserve, FL

National Park Service
A Wild Place
A Wild Place

Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park and other neighboring protected areas make up the largest tract of wild land east of the Mississippi River. Through the protection of this land large predators like the Florida panther still range within the Preserve.

NPS photo, courtesy of Ralph Arwood

Enjoy a Paddle
Enjoy a Paddle

There are a variety of recreational opportunities in Big Cypress National Preserve, including a leisurely paddle trip along the Turner River and other navigable waterways. Visitors can bring their own equipment, joing a ranger-led activity or one of our commercial operator trips.

NPS photo by Gustave Pellerin, Volunteer.

Wildlife Abounds
Wildlife Abounds

During the winter dry season wildlife concentrates around available water. There are several opportunities to view a variety of wildlife in the Preserve, including the American Alligator. Remember to be safe and always watch wildlife from a distance.

NPS photo by Jan Shirey, Volunteer

Get Outside
Get Outside

Big Cypress National Preserve provides a wealth of opportunities to get out and explore. Whether hiking on your own or joining a ranger on an activity there is always the possibility that you may get your feet wet.

NPS photo by Gustave Pellerin, Volunteer

Exploring the Big Cypress
Exploring the Big Cypress

As you travel along U.S. 41 from Miami to Naples you traverse the Big Cypress. Along the way are several opportunities to get out of your car to explore, including the accessible Kirby Storter Boardwalk.

NPS photo

Traditional Activities
Traditional Activities

As a National Preserve a wider range of activities are allowed at Big Cypress including off-road vehicle travel along designated trails, hunting, and customary uses by the Miccosukee and Seminole people.

Photo courtesy of Live Oak Production Group, Elam Stoltzfus.

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Big Cypress National Preserve

The freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, support the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast. Protecting over 729,000 acres of this...[more]


33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141
Phone:(239) 695 1201

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Big Cypress National Preserve is located in Southwest Florida between the cities of Miami and Naples. Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley) and US-41 (Tamiami Trail) are the main roads that traverse the site. Visitor facilities and most activities originate from Tamiami Trail.
Oasis Visitor Center is located along the Tamiami Trail, 50 miles west of Miami, and 50 miles east of Naples. Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is located near Naples and Everglades City, along US-41, five miles east of the State Road 29 intersection.

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