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
No bones about it, your pup will love Big Cypress