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Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve protects more than 729,000 acres of wetland, estuary and other fragile ecosystems. 

Lands and waterways in Big Cypress Preserve provide essential habitats for an enormous variety of Everglades wildlife, including endangered species like the Florida Panther.

Big Cypress Preserve is less famous than Everglades National Park, but it is actually one of the best ways to experience the greater Everglades ecosystem

Big Cypress National Preserve was established in 1974, in response to aggressive and destructive plans to develop the Everglades. A “Jetport”, oil drilling and other plans seriously threatened to destroy the essential and irreplaceable Everglades wilderness.

Things To Do in Big Cypress Preserve

There are many things to do in Big Cypress National Preserve, and nearby.

Most things to do in Big Cypress revolve around the outdoors. There are also a variety of ranger-led activities.

  • Swamp Tours
  • Anger Talks
  • Canoe And Kayak Trips
  • Scenic Drives, Camping
  • Bicycling
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Astronomy
  • Bird-Watching
  • Wildlife Observation

Camping in Big Cypress Preserve

There are 8 campgrounds inside Big Cypress Preserve:

  • Bear Island
  • Burns Lake
  • Gator Head
  • Midway
  • Mitchell Landing
  • Monument Lake
  • Pinecrest
  • Pink Jeep

Today Big Cypress Preserve receives approximately one million visitors per year.

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