Big Cypress National Preserve

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

Big Cypress National Preserve is located in South Florida. The massive preserve is mostly made up of a cypress swamp that’s teeming with critters. Its fresh waters support the well known Everglades that lie just to the south. If your pooch wants to be impressed with nature, this the pawfect place to go!

Unfurtunately, this preserve has some pretty heavy pet restrictions. Dogs are only allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and pull outs on the scenic drives. Leashed furry visitors can walk along park roads or in parking lots but hiking trails are off limits to canine guests. Temperatures can soar here, especially during the summer. So make sure you never leave your pupster in the car.

The preserve has eight different campgrounds that vary in capacity and amenities. Most of the campgrounds have RV sites. However, Pink Jeep and Gator are a bit more primitive and are only for campers using tents. They are accessed via off road vehicles, biking, or hiking. Only Midway and Monument Lake have drinking water and most of the campgrounds just have primitive restrooms. Basically, it’s a good idea to check out what’s available before you arrive. That way you and your pup won’t have any major surprises!

Since your pup can’t hit the trails, the best way for them to see the park is by taking the Loop Road Scenic Drive. They can hang their head out the window and enjoy the breeze and pawsome scenery. The loop is 24 miles long and runs through three different counties. As you cruise along the loop, your doggo will see a large portion of the cypress swamp. Also watch for sawgrass prairies, thick vegetation, and wildlife. If your pup is lucky, they will catch a glimpse of a hawk, alligator, egret, or maybe even the elusive panther.

No bones about it, your pup will love Big Cypress National Preserve!

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Address
33100 Tamiami Trail E
Ochopee, FL 34141
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
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Address
33100 Tamiami Trail E
Ochopee, FL 34141
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours