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BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE
Situated northwest of Everglades National Park in southern Florida, huge and wild Big Cypress National Preserve was established in part to help protect the Everglades.
This is an area of marshes and swamplands, pine islands, hardwood hammocks, and prairies. There's a rich birdlife, along with wildlife which includes black bear, deer, Florida panther, and alligator.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are possible on one marked trail, the Florida Trail (see entry page 132), which forms two loops and stretches over 40 miles. Some sections of the trail pass through private land.
Unlike the nearby Everglades, there are no open waterways here for canoeing, and the area is mainly accessible on foot. Fishing is also available.
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Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed in the preserve, as are campfires. There are several designated camping areas, two of which are along the Florida Trail. No permits are required, but campers should check in with a ranger before starting out. Winter is the best time to backpack here. Summer is not recommended due to the heat and insects.
For Further Information: Big Cypress National Preserve, Star Route, Box 110, Ochopee, FL 33943; (813)695-2000.