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Big Cypress Loop Drive - anyone driven lately?

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Big Cypress Loop Drive - anyone driven lately?

Big Cypress National Preserve:

I found a bulletin from the NPS saying the road was closed to non-local traffic - but this was from October of 2008.

Anybody know anything more current?

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1. Re: Big Cypress Loop Drive - anyone driven lately?

I drove it January 2009; no problem.

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2. Re: Big Cypress Loop Drive - anyone driven lately?

Half-Brit, you may have seen this brochure ... it is a good secondary material for your research and planning.

nps.gov/bicy/…20LowRes.pdf

I've not run into any info about closure.

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3. Re: Big Cypress Loop Drive - anyone driven lately?

The Loop Road, I drove is the 27 mile "unimproved" road, not the Turner River Road "loop" that the brochure MarcoRed gave the link to refers to.

Here's the Loop Road I'm referring to: staynplay.net/florida-tourism-articles/loop-…

Also mentioned here: nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/scenic-drives.htm

Loop Road is a commitment; you must go slow, and it is sometimes difficult to get past cars coming from the other direction. It will take a good 2.5 hours to drive, going slow and you will want to stop and enjoy certain areas; there are no restrooms along the way. It was well worth the time and all the dust/dirt on my car!

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4. Re: Big Cypress Loop Drive - anyone driven lately?

Thanks very much, UNCMickey, that's the road I was referring to.

Okay, so it's on "the list" as a possible (LOL), and I do appreciate the time estimate.

Do you think it would be worth driving just the paved portion, and then turning back? I'm a tad concerned with a rental - would hate to bump mirrors or something . . . we'll have a new Toyota Rav4, which are larger than the older ones.

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5. Re: Big Cypress Loop Drive - anyone driven lately?

No, most of the paved section is just weird, you're still in some sort of civilization; It was strange, I even thought about turning back, so glad I didn't! ; you must get/go through the unpaved section to get to all the neat, watery cypress wildlife filled areas. Sorry. If you drive slow, you should be fine even in a rental. (Just don't drive fast and run over an alligator! that would be a mess! lol)

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6. Re: Big Cypress Loop Drive - anyone driven lately?

LOL, at least they ought to be easy to see ;-)

Thanks, that helps with our planning.

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