Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve

National Park · Florida, United States


Big Cypress National Preserve is a national park located in southern Florida. It is one of the first preserves in the the United States National Park System, and was established on October 11, 1974. It is spread across 720,000 acres (2900 square kilometers). It is primarily a swampy area which protects a wide range of flora and fauna like mangroves, orchids, alligators, snakes and birds. You can move around the reserve in an off-road vehicle with a permit.



Located in the thick of Ochopee’s swamps, this park is home to some of the darkest night skies in the eastern U.S. Camp overnight on one of eight campgrounds, or come for the day to explore the changing ecosystems. Kayak and canoe tours through the waterways are popular, and there are also options for hiking, driving and swamp buggy tours. You can also look into the Everglades swamp tours out of famed photographer Clyde Butcher’s gallery, located within the park.
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If autumn to you means embracing the eerie, mysterious side of things, then a trip to Big Cypress National Preserve may be in order. Explore dwarf cypress forests, pine forests, and deep strands within the park by journeying along the 27-mile Loop Road drive, and keep your eyes peeled for any of the park’s amazing wildlife. Be sure to ask a ranger about current road conditions before you set out – this mostly gravel route can be tricky to navigate in wet conditions.
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With a host of outdoor activities to participate in, Big Cypress National Preserve is more than a vast swamp. From hiking and camping, to canoeing and kayaking, you can certainly fill your day with things to do. Join one of the park’s astronomy programs to learn more about the importance of the night sky, how it impacts wildlife, and how the night sky has been an inspiration for centuries. Be sure to check the park’s website for program schedules.
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Discover the rich cultural stories of Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in south Florida, home to a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther. This recreational paradise preserves over 700,000 acres and offers camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and bird watching opportunities.
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