The country’s first national preserve, Big Cypress protects a 700,000-acre swamp with a diverse range of tropical and temperate plant and animal species, including alligators, Florida panthers, anhingas, fox squirrels, river otters, mangrove trees, and more than 30 kinds of orchid. Explore the park’s hiking and paddling trails on your own, or go on a free ranger-led swamp walk or guided canoe trip during the park’s busy season between November and April. It’s a perfect way to experience the timeless allure of the Everglades with only a fraction of the tourists you’d see at Everglades National Park.
More about Big Cypress
Press Release National Parks Conservation Association Files Suit Against Park Service for Failure to Protect Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida General Management Plan limits protection of Florida Panther habitat in Addition Lands
Press Release Parks Group Disappointed by Administration's Decision Not to Protect Lands within Big Cypress National Preserve Statement by NPCA Director of Legislative and Government Affairs Kristen Brengel
Press Release Parks Group Urges Better Protection for Addition Lands within Big Cypress National Preserve Statement by NPCA Sun Coast Regional Director John Adornato III