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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.

Learn about this fantastic statewide resource for backpacking and hiking and join us for a workshop 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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Upcoming Workshops

HOW TO HIKE THE FLORIDA TRAIL
Dec 2: REI Jacksonville
Mar 13: FTA Tropical Trekkers Chapter Meeting, Palm City

50 YEARS OF THE FLORIDA TRAIL
Mar 25: Alabama Hiking Trails Conference, Navoo, AL

Considering a THRU-HIKE or a long SECTION HIKE? Join the Florida Trail CLASS of 2017 to connect with others planning hikes for next season.

Plan a backpacking trip, a day hike, or a trip with a Scout troop on the Florida Trail.

Some of our Favorite Places

A random sampling of some of our favorite trails, parks, and campgrounds across the state of Florida. See the full list here. You can search for outdoor destinations by using our interactive map, or scroll to the bottom of any page to find destinations by region or city.

Tidal rock barren at Long Key
Florida Trail, Little Big Econ
Florida Trail, DuPuis to Corbett
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Blowing Rocks Jupiter FL
Fern Forest
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Florida Trail, Pat's Island to Hidden Pond
Florida Trail, Wheeler Rd to Joshua Cree
Lake Eaton Trail
Churchhouse Hammock Trail, Crystal River
Windley Key Fossil Reef

Newest Trails & Parks

Oleta River State Park

Florida’s Best Urban Parks

When you live in a tightly packed space, you need somewhere green as your go-to place nearby. These are our top picks for parks in Florida's urban areas, chosen for their diversity of outdoor activities and/or their unique green spaces.
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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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FOWA Excellence in Craft Awards
First Place: 2015. Second Place: 2016, 2006. Third Place: 2014, 2013, 2009.

Latest Blogs & News

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Safety during deer hunting season

Fall is a fabulous time for hiking in Florida, but you need to be aware that you may be sharing the trails with hunters, too. Here's how to find out where, and where you can go where hunting is not permitted.
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Opt Outside

Opt Outside

Will you #OptOutside? Join us and REI on Black Friday in Florida's outdoors, enjoying our wild and natural places instead of crowding the shopping malls.
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Oleta River State Park

Florida’s Best Urban Parks

When you live in a tightly packed space, you need somewhere green as your go-to place nearby. These are our top picks for parks in Florida's urban areas, chosen for their diversity of outdoor activities and/or their unique green spaces.
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AT on Waywayanda Mountain, NJ

Hiking Roots

No stronger sense of place shaped my life and my future than the setting of my childhood home. On our recent trip to the ALDHA Gathering, I walked the Appalachian Trail of my youth to seek out memories.
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Latest Travels

AT on Waywayanda Mountain, NJ

Hiking Roots

No stronger sense of place shaped my life and my future than the setting of my childhood home. On our recent trip to the ALDHA Gathering, I walked the Appalachian Trail of my youth to seek out memories.
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Looking for Mayberry

Caught in a slipstream of semis and fast cars north of Charlotte, NC, we had to find an abrupt escape from the interstate to avoid a construction zone pileup. As we wound through the leafy streets and winding country roads between Mooresville and Statesville, our hearts sank. For around every bend was yet another subdivision under construction where there had
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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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Providing a gracious gift of more than 5,000 archival image scans of trails and travel throughout Florida and the world, which you'll see scattered throughout these pages and in our Flickr galleries.

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