American Locations 45 – Big Cyprus

The trip is from New River, West Virginia, to Stinking Creek, Tennessee, by way of Long Key, Florida.

 Big Cyprus National Preserve, Florida


The next morning we drove north out of Homestead on Rte. 997 to Hwy. 41, then headed west. This road skirts the northern edge of the Everglades and the southern edge of Big Cyprus National Preserve. Which meant it was another incredible drive, one of the best of the trip. Our first stop was Coopertown to take an air boat ride into Everglades.


We were entertained while awaiting our boat.



There were 8 of us on the boat. It was slow-going as we went up the channel that led to the swamp.


But the pilot opened up the throttle when we got out into the swamp. You can tell how fast we were going by our wake.


But he would slow down at times so we could admire the view.


He also took us through channels like this.



And, of course, to see alligators. He knew where all the alligator holes were.



After the air boat ride, we continued west on Hwy. 41. There is an irrigation canal that parallels the highway.


With Everglades to the south and Big Cyprus to the north, we had plenty to look at.


And there were visitor centers along the way to stop at. Where, of course, there were alligators. Notice the sign in the second photo. Is anyone going to harass an alligator? I wouldn’t have thought so before I saw that video of that idiot in Yellowstone harassing a bison.



There were other critters.



There were 8 campgrounds in Big Cyprus. Only one was open. So we settled down for several days. We hadn’t been able to stay in Everglades, but this was the next best thing.



Next Location – Big Cyprus 2







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