Big Cypress National Preserve

Rediscover your love for nature and the thrill of the open outdoors in one of the first national preserves made in the USA!

33100 Tamiami Trail East,
Ochopee, FL 34141
(239) 695-2000
nps.gov

Hours

  • Day Open Close
  • Monday 9:00 AM 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM 4:30 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM 4:30 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM 4:30 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM 4:30 PM
  • Sunday 9:00 AM 4:30 PM

Directions & Map

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the entrance fee?

There is no entrance fee.

When are the Ranger-led activities offered?

This program is offered at various locations from November to April.

How much is the cost of the Ranger-led activity?

t is free of charge.

How can I be prepared for bicycling?

Bring your own water bottle as there are few places to refill your water.

When is the Tamiami Trail "Triathlon" open?

It is open all year round.

Is there a camp fee?

Yes. Please visit the Visitors’ Centre to know the latest price.

What are the parking areas available?

There are two parking areas available: Kirby Storter Roadside Park and H.P. Williams Roadside Park

Are pets allowed?

Pets have limited access at the Big Cypress. They are not allowed on hiking trails. However, they can be taken to picnic spots and camping grounds, pullouts along the paved scenic drives. They can also be on roads or in parking lots, but must be leashed at all times.

What are the rules and regulations I should be aware of?

Numerous laws are updated and passed each year. Please visit the Visitor’s Centre to know about the updated rules and regulations.

How can I prepare myself before going to the Big Cypress?

Make sure you are carrying a water bottle and keep hydrating yourself to not suffer from the heat in summer. If you are planning to camp, make sure you are bringing all the necessary materials needed for camping.

How do I get the most out of my trip? Any tips and advices?

Plan your day early. Arrive at the Big Cypress as early as possible and research for yourself to tailor your day according to your own wish. Visitors’ Centre is one of the best options for you. Take precaution medicine and of course first aid if required and especially insect repellent cream.

What activities are available to kids?

You can always take your kids to camping!  Also refer to the Visitors’ Centre to know about the updated activities available, especially for the kids and the youth.

Description

Established in October 4, 1974, the Big Cypress National Preserve stretches across a massive 729,000 acres. It is connected to various unique sceneries such as freshwater prairies and surrounding national parks. Not only does this park offers a rich and diverse group of animals and a thriving environment, but also offers the chance to do a wide range of activities with your family and friends. As long as you get on the route of Highway 41, be prepared to be amazed by the scenic view that the highway has to present. With the scenic pull-offs available get ready with your camera to have an amazing start even before you reach the National Preserve itself.

The National Preserve has a lot to offer. If you are a big fan of outdoor activities, look no further. Enter the Ranger-led activity to boost your knowledge and pleasure of the National Preserve. Make sure you reserve before coming. The massive 729,000 acres of land open up the opportunity to go for birdwatching, wildlife viewing, and discovering the natural world. If you want to exercise and explore the Preserve at the same time, bicycle your way through the Fire Prairie Trail, Nobles Grade, Levee 28, established roads and designated off-road vehicle trails. You can also canoe and kayak your through the waterways and enjoy the silence the nature gifts. Hike on the trails available with your friends or go hunting and practice your archery skills. If you would like to go bird watching the Preserve has excellent grounds to offer for birding because of its five habitats: open prairies, hardwood hammocks, pinelands, cypress swamps, and estuaries. Make sure you get the birding checklist from the visitor centre to know which species you would be expecting to see.

Challenge yourself to the Tamiami Trail “Triathlon”, the most exciting activity that involves kayaking or canoeing, hiking and cycling. Participants must bike 15 miles, hike 3 miles and kayak/canoe for 3.5 miles and explore the mysteries and discover new things yourself. Settle down and camp at one of the many camping ground offered. At the completion of your tasks, be ready to receive a prize!

The Big Cypress National Preserve also has a policy of “Leave No Trace” that basically encourages the visitors to leave no trace of their passage in order to not disturb or harm the environment in any way possible. This provides the visitors with a brilliant opportunity to respect the nature as well.

With a variety of activities and learning to do make sure you visit the Big Cypress National Preserve!