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Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve







Description of Big Cypress National Preserve

Location: 45 mi (72 km) West of Miami Map

Area: 2,500 sq mi (6,216 sq km)

Average rainfall: 60 in (152 cm)


Fees and permits
There are no entrance fees. An annual ORV permit, displayed on the inspected vehicle, is required for ORV operation along preserve trails ($50 in 2006). The permit can be obtained at the Oasis Visitor Center.


Big Cypress National Reserve is a national reserve located in Florida, United States, about 72 km west of Miami.  It covers an area of 2,500 sq mi (6,216 sq km). Big Cypress borders the wet meadows of Everglades National Park to the south, and other federal and state protected areas of Florida to the west. The waters of the Big Cypress Swamp flow south and west to the coastal area of ​​the Ten Thousand Islands area of ​​the Everglades Park. Initially, the area was to be part of the Everglades Park when it was created in 1947, which could not be achieved. But since it was not bought by private owners, a park was established in 1974. The reserve is of great biological diversity. Dominated by a humid cypress forest, it is home to a very rich flora and fauna: mangroves, alligators, venomous snakes (eastern rattlesnake, ancistrodon ...), otters, lynx, coyotes, black bears, Florida panthers, and countless bird species, some endangered as Florida's rare antigone crane.





Oasis Visitor Center, US Route 41, 80 mi (130 km) west of Miami and 50 miles east of Naples. Daily 9AM-4:30PM except Christmas (Off-Road Vehicle Permit Office, 9AM-3:30PM). ORV inspections are conducted Friday through Monday. The visitor center offers exhibits related to the natural and cultural history of the preserve, educational materials and an introductory film to the preserve, its resources and recreational opportunities. Staff is available to assist visitors with information about activities.




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