Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee

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Established in 1974, as America’s first national preserve, the site protects over 729,000 acres of a vast freshwater swamp ecosystem, which supports the rich marine estuaries along Florida’s southwest coast.

Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a broad diversity of wildlife, including the elusive and endangered Florida panther.

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  • Big Cypress National Preserve is large and fairly remote. I started my visit at the Oasis Visitor Center. I only stopped in the building long enough to stamp my National Park passport book, as I... 
    Big Cypress National Preserve is large and fairly remote. I started my visit at the Oasis Visitor Center. I only stopped in the building long enough to stamp my National Park passport book, as I...  more »
  • Well worth the visit. According to the ranger recommendation, there are 4 major stops along the main road: Nathaniel P. Reed Visitor Center, with a small 400 foot boardwalk, H.P. Williams Roadside... 
    Well worth the visit. According to the ranger recommendation, there are 4 major stops along the main road: Nathaniel P. Reed Visitor Center, with a small 400 foot boardwalk, H.P. Williams Roadside...  more »
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  • It is a wonderful place to see wildlife. We were on our way from Miami to Tampa and we saw this place along the way, decided to take a look at the alligators. We weren't expecting it to be that good, preserved, and natural. You just park and walk along the way. If you're lucky, you can see alligators, birds, turtles, panthers, and some little animals. It is a great place to visit for an interesting afternoon and you can get great pictures of the animals. I am personally against to zoos so these kinda natural and preserved places to see animals in their natural habitat is a great opportunity. And also, it is completely free! Just be prepared for hot weather, bring hats and sunglasses. There are also so many flies around because of the swamps, so be cautious.
  • I’ve been coming out to big cypress National preserve for the last 7 months. From the wet season into the dry season, I watched mother gators foster their young and re-visited them usually in the same vicinity I found them in. I watched the high waters recede over the course of several months, this place is teaming with wildlife. From eastern Diamond back rattlesnakes, water moccasins, bears and I even saw a Florida panther one night. I have lots of great memories from this place. I’m going to miss it. Below are some really neat animal encounters I had in big cypress!

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