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HOW TO HIKE THE FLORIDA TRAIL

Florida is different. Stretching 1,400 miles from the edge of the Everglades to Pensacola Beach, the Florida Trail is one of only 11 National Scenic Trails across America. It starts in a swamp, and ends on a beach. What you'll see in between will give you a new appreciation for natural Florida. Join us for a workshop near you to see what our state's longest trail has to offer and to get your questions answered. We wrote the book!

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Newest Trails & Parks

Covered bridge at Princess Place Preserve

Princess Place Preserve

Four gentle hiking loops showcase wild spaces and cultivated grounds at Princess Place Preserve, an 1880s homestead on Pellicer Creek with a historic lodge and campground on site.
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City of Titusville Multi-Use Trail

Biking the City of Titusville Multi-Use Trail

Exploring Titusville by bike, I return to an old favorite and little-known 3.6-mile round-trip bike path that gives cyclists a great workout as it climbs atop the Atlantic Coastal Ridge: the City of Titusville Multi-Use Trail
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Titusville Bike Path

Biking Downtown Titusville

It's taken six months to be able to get back on a bike, and I'm back to checking out progress on the C2C. Here's what's new through downtown Titusville for riders.
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Picturesque cypress swamp

Florida Trail, New River to Hampton

A surprisingly pleasant section of the Florida Trail that sees very few hikers, the most remote part of the Palatka-Lake Butler Trail stretches 9.3 miles between Hampton and the New River, southwest of Starke.
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The Florida Trail

Latest Blogs & News

City of Titusville Multi-Use Trail

Biking the City of Titusville Multi-Use Trail

Exploring Titusville by bike, I return to an old favorite and little-known 3.6-mile round-trip bike path that gives cyclists a great workout as it climbs atop the Atlantic Coastal Ridge: the City of Titusville Multi-Use Trail
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Titusville Bike Path

Biking Downtown Titusville

It's taken six months to be able to get back on a bike, and I'm back to checking out progress on the C2C. Here's what's new through downtown Titusville for riders.
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NPS at Big Cypress

Reflections on the National Park Centennial

Reflections on our National Parks during the Centennial celebration this week, with a wander through Canaveral National Seashore in both New Smyrna Beach and Titusville
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Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers

Exploring San Marcos de Apalache

Where the Wakulla and St Marks Rivers meet, explore San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, a small piece of ground with a deep history under five flags.
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Latest Travels

Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers

Exploring San Marcos de Apalache

Where the Wakulla and St Marks Rivers meet, explore San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, a small piece of ground with a deep history under five flags.
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Auto know Lake City

It takes a real car guy to find these offbeat treasure troves of auto-related antiques scattered around the quiet little city of Lake City in North Florida.
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Enjoying the sail

Sailing Yorktown

On our visit to Yorktown, I saw the city as the French first did in 1781, when the fleet of Admiral De Grassein arrived to support General Washington’s attack on Yorktown.
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