Explore the most popular views trails in Big Cypress National Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Did I ever mention that I am not into reptiles. But I must admit that the Seminole Tribe was interesting.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

You really get the feeling of the everglades on this road without having to get out in it.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Of all the things I love, woods, mountains, evergreens, this was not any of them. I was surprised to see so many people on bicycles..

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Out in the Big Cypress. Quite an interesting ride.

Pain, pain and mud. And heat, draining heat. Leave it for the snakes and gators.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

This is a canoe track in the Big Cypress Swamp. Gets you up close to the plant and animal life in the swamp. Bring lots of bug protective stuff, you will be bitten. It starts in a deep man-made channel (where most the alligators are), then to more shallow off-shoots where the mangrove turns to grass fields, then finally a very shallow area less than 1 foot deep until it dead ends (no outlet). There is some mangrove tunnel like effects. Go slow and enjoy. If you really want to see a lot of alligators, go at night and bring your flash light. Stay 15 feet away from alligators.
My 2nd track uses the same deep channel, but goes to a lake, then some mangrove smaller channels. You could combine the two of course.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

My article on this trail is found on my blog at: http://travelwithnature.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/bear-island-campground-and-the-fire-prairie-trail/

We did this Trail 2 years ago starting at Alligator Alley and heading south to Oasis. The first 3 days were nothing but mud and water. My shoes came apart about 1 hour in and I took them off and did the first half of the trip barefoot.
The trail was easy enough to follow. The terrain is mostly flat but with lots of water. The deepest we encountered was mid thigh. It was our plan to make it a 4 day trip but it took 4 1/2. We use hammocks and it was the way to go.
We only took enough water to make it to the second afternoon. Just filtered water the rest. If going take something to make the water taste better. After a couple days it gets real old tasting the earthy flavor.
The northern half is mostly water and mud the southern half is pine land and open prairie. If you are looking for solitude this is the place to be. We saw two other hikers and a couple guys out on a swampbuggy and that was it until the final half mile before Oasis.
This was not an easy trip but was very rewarding. I would recommend this hike to anyone looking for some adventure. If the whole length sounds like to much, hike in from Oasis and go to 7 mile camp. Set in an area on the edge of the pines with a nice view of the cypress in front of you.
You could also do the north end from Alligator Alley south to Ivy Camp, but the southern end is a much more pleasant hike.
All in all a good time just think about whether you really need everything you carry. We found quite a bit of stuff left behind both at the campsites and just along the trail. Thing people couldn't leave at home but decided they didn't need three days in .

scenic driving
Monday, April 23, 2012

The loop road is 22 miles from the first entrance to the second entrance of the tamiami trail. If you plan to do this trail you should have two cars ( one on each entrance since they are 20 miles apart ). You can choose to go back the 22 miles of dirts road again or the 20 miles of paved tamiami trail back to your car.

I never done by bike but want to go. I have only done by car about 5 times

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Going hunting here hope to get a big one.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

This is the best way to see the everglades short of a ride on an air-boat. The swamp comes right up to the road in most areas, and the Seminole Tribe has a great glimpse into Native American culture in Florida including alligator wrestling, crafts, food, etc.