Big Cypress Trail Reopennings

Per National Park Service:
Big Cypress National Preserve is pleased to reopen the closure from the Kirby Prescribed Fire. Prescribed fire activities for this area have been cancelled. The following area is therefore immediately open: Monroe South Trail located south just off US 41/Tamiami Trail and Loop Rd. at Monroe Station. This area is now open for safe recreational use including hiking, ORV’s, and hunting.

The Leprechaun Wildfire is currently 75 percent contained.

April 21st – Morris 4×4 Show

Update: Photos for this event at 2018 Morris 4th Annual Jeep Show Photo Album

Last year’s Morris Jeep Show Event was massive, something not to be missed and trust me… don’t show up late. There’s a lot to see and tons of vendors with oodles of cool products.

Sat, April 21, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

2031 SW 2nd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Save time and pre-register before the event.

Event Announcement per Host, Morris 4×4

Update: Closures, Bear Island Area

Per National Park Service:

  • Big Cypress National Preserve has issued an emergency closure for the Anhinga Wildfire which is currently at 518 acres and 5% containment. During the closure, all recreational use including hiking, hunting, and camping will be prohibited in the designated areas.
  • The closures include the following areas: Pink Jeep, Gator Head and Bear Island Campgrounds. The closure includes the following roads and trails: Bear Island Grade Trail, Perocchi Grade Trail, and Bear Island Campground Road. The closures will take effect immediately.

For full NPS advisory please see:
2018-03-10, Big Cypress National Preserve Issues Emergency Closure of Bear Island Campground for Wildland Fire

Closure Bear Island Campground

Per National Park Service:

  • Big Cypress National Preserve has issued an emergency closure of Bear Island Campground to promote visitor safety during wildand fire activity. During the closure, all recreational use, including hiking, hunting, and camping will be prohibited in the designated area.
  • Closure effective immediately.

For full NPS advisory please see:
2018-03-04, Big Cypress National Preserve Issues Emergency Closure of Bear Island Campground for Wildland Fire

NPS: Cowbell Wild Fire Update

Fire is now 75% contained & not expected to grow. Given continued drought conditions & remaining fuel, the preserve will continue to be at risk for wild fires this season. As such the likelihood of some closures to remain even after fires are out is possible
Updated Restrictions & Closures as of April 25th:

The following closures remain in place in Big Cypress National Preserve:

  • Pink Jeep, Bear Island and Gator Head Campgrounds
  • The road leading into the Sanctuary, except to residents
  • All trails between State Rd 29, L-28 Canal and north of I-75,
    including that section of the Florida Trail
  • All public lands west of the L-28 Canal, north of Alligator Alley and east of State Road 29

The following adjacent areas will remain open:

  • Private lands in the designated closure area shall remain open; residents should use caution.

Visit the Big Cypress Preserve Information Page for more including trail access and permitting process.

Morris 4×4 Center 25th Jeep Meet
Great Show & Huge Event!

The scene was Jeepers and Jeeps everywhere. The sea of purple shirts are members from the South Pointe Off-Road Club, just one of several enthusiast groups in attendance.

Turn out was just fantastic. You’d be hard pressed to see everything as the show spilled out packing four or five lots with Jeeps coming and going throughout the day.

Jeeps are cool because you can park them like THAT!

The album for Saturday’s event is being put together with a good number pictures already in it, but make sure to check back over the next day or two as the

Photos Album for the Morris 4×4 Center – 25th Annual Jeep Meet

will be updated with more photos.

- Bella

Topless Weekend at Jeep Ranch
May 19th-21st

If Central Florida isn’t too much of a drive for you, the Jeep Ranch has opened the park for the whole Topless weekend (May 19th through the 21st).

The park is a 2000+ acre working cattle ranch in the heart of Central Florida. The trails are all natural with many peppered with challenges certain to build skill. The park caters exclusively to Jeeps making the TJR a treat to ride.

True to Central Florida, there is good bit of up and down.

Obstacle challenges if you desire.

Bring what you got, run what you have, just make sure it’s a Jeep.

Check out their facebook page, turn out is already looking strong.

Event Produced by:

The Jeep Ranch

Camp Topless Day (May 19th-21st)
Jonathan Dickerson State Park

Join the members of the Greater Florida Jeep Trail Team for a weekend of camping at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Photo from Florida State Park web page

Members of the club has been camping this park for years and would make for a great introduction to this beautiful natural getaway.

For the past couple of years, many of us (GFJTT, TCJC, JJC members) have camped out here for the weekend of GO TOPLESS Day. Sites have FULL HOOKUPS (electric, water) and are nice and open. We relax, eat, drink, talk, sit aroung a campfire and then many caravan down to our respective Go Topless events. Last year the GoTopless picnics were combined, this year, as far as I can see, nothing definitive has been posted as of today 2/15.. Regardless, Come join us for some fun & relaxation! The “core” sites are 28 through 30, but there are multiple sites open in the park for that weekend at this time, many close to that area. Best way of registering for a site is through the state website… Hope to see you all there! Tents, Pop-ups, Travel Trailers, 5th Wheels, RV’s!

If interested, join them on facebook to get details and coordinate.

Organized by:

Greater Florida Jeep Trail Team