“For four decades, families and visitors have traversed the Tamiami Trail through the Big Cypress National Preserve for a chance to explore the swamp, catch a glimpse of abundant wildlife, or learn more about the region’s rich history and culture. We experienced steady visitation in 2016 due to the centennial Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque campaign,” said Superintendent Tamara Whittington. “We hosted 205 volunteers in 2016 at Big Cypress contributing nearly 40,000 volunteer hours in education, outreach, campground hosting, vegetation management, and visitor protection,” said Whittington.
Overall, the National Park Service saw an increase of 7.7% visitation over 2015 with 330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016. Big Cypress National Preserve was one of 80 national park units out of 417 with over 1 million recreation visits. For more information about visitation, please go to the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics web page at irma.nps.gov/Stats.