Whereas preexisting growth is allowed to proceed, with limits, on this 1139-sq-mile protect, its federal protections typically preserve it feeling nearly as wild and pure because the Everglades park. And that is factor, for the reason that rains that flood its wetlands are integral to the ecosystem that retains the Everglades inexperienced and luxurious and vibrant. Lately, the park entered into an fascinating ‘Sister Park Understanding’ with an analogous park in Guatemala, Laguna del Tigre Nationwide Park. The 2 parks share intently associated habitats and administration points, and can now have the ability to share technical help and useful resource experience.
About 45% of the cypress swamp (which isn’t a swamp in any respect however a bunch of mangrove islands, hardwood hammocks, islands of slash pine, prairie and marshes) is protected protect. Nice bald cypress bushes are almost gone from the world, as lumbering and different industries took their toll earlier than the protect was established. Lately, dwarf pond cypress bushes fill the world.
Why is it known as Massive Cypress then? Due to the scale of the protect, not the cypress bushes inside it. Resident fauna embody alligators, snakes, wading birds (white ibis’, wooden storks, tri-color herons and egrets), Florida panthers (hardly ever seen), wild turkeys and pink cockaded woodpeckers. Discover extra info on the Massive Cypress Customer Middle (941-695-4111; 8:30am-4:40pm), about 20 miles west of Shark Valley, or on the Nationwide Protect Headquarters (941-695-2000; 8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri), simply east of Ochopee.
You will discover 31 miles of the Florida Nationwide Scenic Path, maintained by the Florida Path Affiliation, inside Massive Cypress Nationwide Protect. From the southern terminus, which could be accessed by automotive by way of Loop Rd, the path runs 8.3 miles north to the Tamiami Path, passing the Massive Cypress Customer Middle. There are two fairly primitive campsites with water wells alongside the path. Off-road autos are permitted to cross, however to not function on, the FNST. For the much less adventurous, there’s the brief Tree Snail Hammock Nature, Path, off Loop Rd.
On-road autos can drive on Loop Rd, a potholed grime street, and Turner River Rd, which shoots straight north off the Tamiami Path. There are wildlife-viewing alternatives alongside the whole stretch of Turner River Rd, particularly within the Turner River Canal, which runs alongside the east facet of it. The street results in the northern space of the protect the place off-road autos are permitted.