Nature & parks in Ochopee

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Nature & Parks in Ochopee

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  • Teardrop Trailer Traveler
    United States712 contributions
    Big Cypress National Preserve is large and fairly remote. I started my visit at the Oasis Visitor Center. I only stopped in the building long enough to stamp my National Park passport book, as I arrived much later than I wanted and the visitor center was about to close. There was a short boardwalk by the visitor center, so I walked that. It runs along a little body of water, which was filled with fish. I also saw several alligators in the water.

    After leaving the visitor center, I drove down the road to a nearby trail, with another boardwalk. I did a portion of the trail. The boardwalk begins as grassland, but the enters the cypress trees for which the preserve is named.

    I would have liked to have gone further on the trail and to have driven the loop road back, but it was getting dark. I did find the portion of the trail that I walked quiet lovely and it was a great spot for photography. Big Cypress was definitely worth the drive.
    Written July 30, 2022
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  • LeadFoot2014
    Batesville, AR691 contributions
    This is a gravel road and there are some rough spots so it’s a good idea to take it really slow. We saw several alligators, turtles in the road and wading birds. This is a really fun drive and if you are in the area be sure to take it.
    Written July 17, 2022
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  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, CA1,586 contributions
    This is the second ranger recommended stop in Big Cypress National Preserve. The boardwalk at this stop is approx. 800 feet – again, a rather short walk. But, here, we saw several gators and birds - although not as many as on the fourth stop (Oasis Visitor Center).
    Written May 17, 2022
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  • dalessiopietro
    Murray, UT456 contributions
    My son and I enjoyed our time at Skunk Ape Headquarters. Everyone was friendly, welcoming and forthcoming with information and answers to our questions. A great little reprieve with enough items and critters of interest for all ages. We were in awe of the snakes. We enjoyed seeing the baby alligators and the snapper turtle. Definitely a must-do when passing through the area. The awesome gift shop also was stocked with one of a kind items.
    Written February 21, 2020
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  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, CA1,586 contributions
    This is the third ranger recommended stop in Big Cypress National Preserve and is the longest of the boardwalks. The ranger said this boardwalk is approx. a mile. It was a very interesting walk with flowering plants attached to and growing from trees. You also get a great view of the many cypress trees and swamp areas. In one area, we saw a path in the mud that clearly, from the foot prints and tail prints, the gators walk. At the end of the boardwalk is a lagoon covered in plants and we saw 4 small (young) alligators in the water along with some turtles and a heron. On the way back we saw a colorful approx. 2 inch (huge) grasshopper. I highly recommend this stop and boardwalk.
    Written May 17, 2022
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  • Steve5863
    Avon, OH13,020 contributions
    Turner River Road is a well maintained, dirt road, passable by ordinary cars in dry weather, which heads north from Tamiami Trail (US-41) near the western end of Big Cypress Preserve and into a less developed area. Following along the Turner River Canal, it provides an excellent opportunity to see lots of Everglades wildlife. Turner River Road is actually the first leg of a 17 mile (27k) scenic loop which also includes Upper Wagonwheel and Birdon Roads.

    While wildlife spotting is always best in the morning and evening, our travels only permitted a visit during midday. Nevertheless, we saw many alligators, turtles, anhinga, herons and egrets along the canals as we enjoyed the backdrop of the surrounding sawgrass prairie, dotted with stands of cabbage palms and slash pines, with the occasional red-shouldered hawk overhead.

    While we drove the entire loop, the Turner River Road portion was certainly the best part and if one is limited on time, or prefers less driving along dirt roads, an out and back trip of a few miles on this road alone will provide one a good feel for the area. Also, be sure to visit the boardwalk at H.P. Williams Roadside Park at the corner of Tamiami Trail and Turner River Road.
    Written June 2, 2019
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  • DoxieGal58
    Miami, FL210 contributions
    I stopped and did this short hike the first time I passed through the loop road. On the day I visited I saw just a few of the namesake snails The trail is not well maintained; likely doesn't have alot of traffic, but passable.
    Written January 18, 2020
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