Big Cypress National Preserve
The freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, support the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast. Protecting over 729,000 acres of this vast swamp, Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther.
The Oasis Visitor Center, located 50 miles east of Naples on the Tamiami Trail, includes a Florida National Parks Association bookstore and shop and public restrooms. National Park Service staff are available to assist visitors with information about available activities. Maps, ranger-led tours, exhibits, permits and more. It is also the southern terminus of the Florida National Scenic Trail.
The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, located 20 miles west of the Oasis visitor center, is an interagency center for all public lands within the Big Cypress Swamp. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits, educational materials, and an introductory film to the swamp and its recreational opportunities. Florida National Parks Association bookstore, gift shop, public restrooms, information about ranger-led activities. Wildlife viewing area behind the center.