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    Big Cypress National Preserve/ Wildlife Management Area

    Ochopee, Florida

    Big Cypress National Preserve/ Wildlife Management Area

    Big Cypress National Preserve/ Wildlife Management Area Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "At more than 720,000 acres, Big Cypress National Preserve is a “vast swamp.” Big Cypress WMA is half-a-million acres within the federal preserve. Even a brief visit here gives campers a sense of the difficulties faced by people who sought refuge here. By day, the sun is unrelenting. By night, mosquito hordes have been known to choke horses and cattle. There are alligators by the millions. In addition, this area and the adjoining Everglades are hospitable to animals released by owners who no longer wish to care for them. These exotic species have established breeding colonies in the marsh and thus Burmese pythons are abundant and permanent. For fun you can hunt, fish, look for wildlife, paddle, hike, bike, and of course camp. In addition to the designated campsite complexes, primitive camping is allowed throughout much of the WMA (except in the Bear Island unit where all camping is limited to designated campsites). Mapped hiking trails run throughout the WMA and there are 31 miles of the Florida Trail.

    Bear Island is a great place to ride a bike and paddling the Turner River Canoe Trail gives a very personal sense of the land and water. May to October is the rainy season, and the park is thick with mosquitoes, hence not the best time for camping. The dry (and cooler) season, November to April, is more inviting for outdoor pursuits and camping."

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    Ochopee
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    Year-round
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    Fishing, Hiking, Camping, Biking
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    Oasis Visitor Center and general preserve information, (239) 695-1201, www.nps.gov/bicy/index.htm and myfwc.com
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