The Big Cypress National Preserve contains over 729,000 acres of freshwater swamplands. Located in southern Florida, the Big Cypress National Preserve borders the Everglades National Park and is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail.
The Big Cypress National Preserve was established on Oct. 11, 1974, making it the first national preserve in the United States National Park System. The preserve showcases tropical and temperate-climate plants and is home to many wildlife species, such as alligators, snakes, birds and the Florida panther. There are several campgrounds, hiking trails and scenic routes at the preserve.
The preserve is also under the protection of the Miccosukee and Seminole Indian tribes of Florida.