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Big Cypress National Preserve

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead
Home on the Water
Grab your camouflage and muck boots! Hold on tight as you navigate uncharted swampland territories in your guided swamp buggy. Experience the rugged wild side of the Sunshine State like you never thought possible.
Larger than the entire state of Rhode Island, Big Cypress National Preserve is the nation’s first national preserve. Come see why nearly one million visitors explore the preserve each year.

Big Cypress National Preserve protects over 700,000 acres of the Big Cypress Swamp in south Florida. It was established as the nation’s first national preserve thanks to local conservations, sportsmen, environmentalists, Seminoles, Miccosukees, and many others who banded together and opposed the development of the world’s largest Jetport set to happen in the area.

Over tens of thousands of years, Big Cypress Swamp hosted all sorts of groups, from the Calusa and sixteenth century European explorers to the Miccosukee and Seminole. Its 1974 establishment as the nation’s first national preserve marked the collaboration of many groups dedicated to preserving the natural swampland. Discover the rich culture and stories of this swamp, now home to both tropical and temperature plant communities and a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther. Explore this recreational paradise with camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and bird watching opportunities.

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