Registration open for 2017 Big O Hike

Meet new friends and put in the miles on the Florida Trail at the 26th annual Big O Hike around Lake Okeechobee, held November 19-24 and based out of Okeechobee.
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Registration open for 2017 Big O Hike

Have your say on Florida’s trails

Attend a public workshop in a community near you this October through December to voice your opinion on changes to the Florida Trail route and priorities for new bike and water trails in Florida.
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Have your say on Florida’s trails

C2C expands in North Brevard

After more than two years under construction, the newest portion of the Coast-to-Coast Trail opened without fanfare through North Titusville and Mims in September 2017. I rode it on Labor Day to check it out.
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C2C expands in North Brevard

The Over 80 Across Florida Hike

In 2007, a group of senior hikers made Florida hiking history by successfully completing a backpacking trip from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico via backroads, the Florida Trail, and the Withlacoochee Bay Trail. All were over age 80.
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The Over 80 Across Florida Hike

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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.

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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.

GTM Reserve
East Loop, Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Bulow Creek Loop
Bluff above Econfina Creek
Turkey Creek Boardwalk
Citrus Hiking Trail
Florida Trail, Little Big Econ
Lake Eaton Sinkhole
Coconut Point Sanctuary
Moonshine Creek
Island Hiking Trail
Longleaf pine and wiregrass on the Wiregrass Trail

Newest Trails & Parks

Riding the C2C paralleling US 1 in North Titusville

C2C expands in North Brevard

After more than two years under construction, the newest portion of the Coast-to-Coast Trail opened without fanfare through North Titusville and Mims in September 2017. I rode it on Labor Day to check it out.
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Madison Blue Springs

Spring hopping around Tallahassee

Between Madison and Marianna and across Wakulla County, explore a colorful collection of natural springs for swimming and snorkeling, all within an hour of Tallahassee.
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Upper Chipola River

Baltzell Spring

Made up of liquid pools of beauty on the edge of Florida Caverns State Park, Baltzell Spring is a compelling destination for spring hunters along the Chipola River in Marianna.
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Merritt's Mill Pond

Merritt’s Mill Pond

Fed by first-magnitude Jackson Blue Spring and nearly a dozen smaller springs, Merritt's Mill Pond is a waterway unlike any other in Florida, its unusual hues trapped between rocky slopes and edged with moss-draped cypress trees.
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Latest Blogs & News

On the Big O Hike near Port Mayaca

Registration open for 2017 Big O Hike

Meet new friends and put in the miles on the Florida Trail at the 26th annual Big O Hike around Lake Okeechobee, held November 19-24 and based out of Okeechobee.
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The Florida Trail in Tosohatchee WMA

Have your say on Florida’s trails

Attend a public workshop in a community near you this October through December to voice your opinion on changes to the Florida Trail route and priorities for new bike and water trails in Florida.
Read More
Riding the C2C paralleling US 1 in North Titusville

C2C expands in North Brevard

After more than two years under construction, the newest portion of the Coast-to-Coast Trail opened without fanfare through North Titusville and Mims in September 2017. I rode it on Labor Day to check it out.
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Split Oak Forest (Kevin Mims)

Help save Split Oak Forest

The irony is beyond comprehension. Split Oak WEA was preserved for wildlife as mitigation regional development. Now, it's lack of development puts it at risk of being sliced in two by an extension of the Osceola Parkway - which is being built because of all the development.
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Latest Travels

Madison Blue Springs

Spring hopping around Tallahassee

Between Madison and Marianna and across Wakulla County, explore a colorful collection of natural springs for swimming and snorkeling, all within an hour of Tallahassee.
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Enger Tower gardens

Finding Peace in a Garden

On a June trip to Duluth, the surprise discovery of a garden hidden in the woods along the Superior Hiking Trail helped ease the pain of losing a loved one.
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Cascade River, Minnesota

Minnesota’s River of Waterfalls

Where its namesake river drops 900 feet in three miles, Minnesota's Cascade River State Park is a dramatic place to take a deeply wooded hike along Lake Superior's North Shore.
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