Although both Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Trail through it are open, there is still hurricane damage between Oasis and I-75. Water levels are at the highest they’ve been in many years.
The latest update is from GritNGrace and Jupiter Hikes on 12/28/17. They report being able to get through Big Cypress from Oasis to I-75, with water levels still well above normal. “Nothing about this stretch says ‘impassible’,” said Grace. “We saw Ivy Camp, Oak Hill, 13 mile, 10 mile and 7 mile campsites. All were dry.” Jupiter posted a video recap of their hike.
Chris Bell – who did a day hike on 11/26/17 – shared that water is “ankle to thigh deep” up through Seven Mile Camp, and the camp itself would be soggy after a major rain. There are many blowdowns as well, making following the blazes difficult. Here’s his video recap from that hike.
On another reconnaissance trip on 12/10, Chris Bell found Ivy Camp usable but otherwise water everywhere from I-75 south to Ivy Camp. Here’s his video recap.
To get a handle on probable water levels, see the current comparision between current outflow (blue line) vs. median daily statistic at the water gauges located EAST and WEST of the Florida Trail at Oasis.