Your Guide to 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.
Conserving over 729,000 acres of this vast swamp, Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to diverse wildlife, including the Endangered Florida panther.
Big Cypress is located along the Tamiami Trail East and I-75 in southern Florida. The preserve can be accessed by driving from Miami and Naples. The preserves two visitor centers are located along Tamiami Trail East.
GPS: lat:25.97079602, long:-81.08120629
Physical address: 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL, 34141
Mailing address: 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL, 34141
There is no entrance fee for Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve experiences two predominant seasons- wet and dry.
RAINY SEASON (May through October) While visiting during this season you may find daily afternoon thunderstorms, high humidity, temperatures in the mid - to - high 80s and a multitude of mosquitoes.
DRY SEASON (November through April) Falling water levels within the Big Cypress make this a pleasant time to hike, camp, and watch wildlife.
Hours for Big Cypress National Preserve
The preserve is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The Oasis Visitor Center and the Nathaniel P. Reed Visitor Center are closed on December 25th. No fee is charged for access to the preserve. View closures: https://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/hours.htm
Sunday: All Day
Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day