The Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve Welcome You Back!!!
As marinas, parks and green spaces reopen in our city, the Everglades are a fantastic place to come and get some fresh air while practicing safe social distancing guidelines. Big Cypress which is part of the Greater Everglades is OPEN. Here's the latest:
- All areas of Big Cypress National Preserve are now OPEN including all park roads, trails and boat launches.
- The Main Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center has reopened
- The Oasis Visitor Center has reopened
- All campgrounds are now open for public use. Reservations and payment must be made online.
- Several tours and concession services in the area have resumed with enhanced health and safety measures. The following are conducting Eco Tours now:
For more info check out Big Cypress National Preserve: Alerts and Conditions
H.P. Williams Roadside Park is another great little stop along Tamiami Trail when visiting the Big Cypress Preserve or just driving through U.S. Highway 41.
There are picnic tables facing a
boardwalk which overlooks the canal, you can spend some time relaxing and just watching all the wildlife that abounds here.
There are also ranger-led talks conducted at the park, get the schedule when you go past the
visitor centers and try to catch one. Park rangers and volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and helpful, you often see
them at the boardwalk and it's
always great to stop and chat with them.
What kind of wildlife will you see at H.P. Williams? We have seen a little bit of everything here... best chances of seeing wildlife is of course during the dry season.
...Alligators swimming in the canal or just resting by the banks...
...And not far, turtles are always looking for a sunny spot to come out of the water and warm up...
...If you look around the trees, you are likely to spot storks, egrets, ibis...
...Anhingas all stretched out drying their feathers to the wind...
...Cormorants and vultures...
This is always a convenient place to stop, right off the main road with a great wildlife viewing platform, picnic tables to chill for a while, and lots and
lots to discover!
Check it out: An egret and little blue heron greeted us as we arrived... fish were very active feeding, and there were cormorants and anhingas
drying their feathers... A few turtles gliding by and a flock of ibis that came all of a sudden, a little green heron and an alligator that
dashed into the swamp. And even the endangered wood stork made an appearance! This little stop right by the side of the road really carries a lot of punch!
Big Cypress H.P. Williams Roadside Park at a Glance
Where?: Tamiami Trail just a couple of miles east from the Big Cypress Welcome Center.
See the Tamiami Trail Map here.
When: Boardwalk is open 24/7.
Entrance Fee: Free!
Parking: Yes! Plentiful
Other: Picnic tables, boardwalk and viewing platform, check at the visitor center for ranger-led talks.
More Info: Official Site of the Big Cypress National Preserve
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