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Big Cypress National Preserve: Florida Camping

November 22, 2011
Filed under National Parks, Southeast Camping

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Big Cypress National Preserve: Photo by NPS

Big Cypress National Preserve: Photo by NPS

Big Cypress National Preserve is a beautiful preserve set in Florida, just north of Everglades National Park. It’s a great destination for Florida camping. There is a blend of tropical and temperate climates which creates a diverse wildlife and plant population, including the rare Florida panther. With the varying land and diverse activities, Big Cypress National Preserve makes an excellent Florida camping destination.

Big Cypress National Preserve is open year round, and there isn’t any entrance fee to get in. Big Cypress National Preserve has a lot to offer, during your Florida camping trip, including hiking, canoeing, hunting and offroading. The preserve has many marked trails you can use, although if you don’t mind getting wet, there is plenty of wilder land to explore. The dry season makes hiking easier, since hiking during the wet season can lead to being waist deep in water. Since alligators are so common, no matter when or where you’re hiking, you must always be alert. Canoeing is another terrific past time while in the preserve. The most common months for canoeing is November through March. There are paths through creeks, rivers and bays, and the preserve shares its water with the Everglades. It is best to have some skills in canoeing and kayaking before starting out, since some experience is needed for a safe trip. Hunting has been a big part of the preserve since before it even became one. Hunting, in fact, played a big role in establishing Big Cypress National Preserve. The preserver allows hunting all year, however there are specific seasons for certain activities. Some of the game included hogs, white-tail deer, and turkey. Hunting alligators is prohibited and illegal. Many people explore the park with the use of air-boats. Permits are required, the entire park is not accessible in this manner, but it is still a fun and exciting way to see parts of the park that may be difficult to reach otherwise. Camping is open year round, while the dry season is definitely the more popular time.

For more information about Florida camping and other sites across the country, visit Woodall’s Family Camping directory!

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