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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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Mar 13: FTA Tropical Trekkers Chapter Meeting, Palm City
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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.

Silver Palm Trail
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
CHEC Alligator Creek
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary
Bella Vista Trail
Tunnel Cave
Castellow Hammock
St Joseph Wilderness
Swamp along the River Trails
Apoxee Wilderness
Tibet-Butler Preserve
Juniper Creek Nature Trail

Newest Trails & Parks

Bluff above Econfina Creek

Econfina Nature Trail

On the Econfina Nature Trail, discover rugged climbs, steep drop-offs, bubbling springs, and deep crevices into the earth as you walk between two major springs where you can swim.
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Indian Lake

Bear-N-Oak Trail

Part of the Florida State Forests Trailwalker program, the Bear-N-Oak Trail at Indian Lake State Forest is a 1.6-mile loop that provides a fascinating look at habitat diversity centered on Indian Lake, a major karst feature in the Ocala Limestone
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Riding the Pine Tree Trail at Santos

Biking Santos

Biking the Santos Trails for the first time this fall, I opted to leave my vintage Cannondale at home and try a rental bike for my first spin through these famed off-road trails south of Ocala.
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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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FOWA Excellence in Craft Awards
First Place: 2015. Second Place: 2016, 2006. Third Place: 2014, 2013, 2009.

Latest Blogs & News


In a canoe

Since falling in love, becoming a couple, and marrying, it was time for a real test of our relationship. We'd tested it before. After only a few months as a couple, what better way to see if you are compatible: Pack up everything you own, put it in storage, and
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Boulders and blossoms at Florida Caverns

Looking for a compelling wildflower walk? One of Florida's showiest parades of wildflowers clings to the bluffs at Florida Caverns State Park. I've always loved rocks. I learned to boulder-hop as a kid growing up along the Appalachian Trail, collected shiny sparkly rocks and put them on my dresser, and
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Cypress Creek boardwalk

Choctawhatchee River Section of the Florida Trail opens

The newest section of the Florida Trail, the Choctawhatchee River Section opened on December 14. More than a decade in the making, this footpath eliminates a long roadwalk between the river and Seven Runs trailhead, adding two new campsites for backpackers along the 8.3 mile route.
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New Florida Trail speed record set

James "Jupiter Hikes" Hoher, a member of the Florida Trail Association Loxahatchee chapter, has just set a new record for Fastest Known Time (FKT) for an unsupported hike of the Florida Trail. Cruising along at distances of up to 53 miles per day, he bested the record set by "Tatu
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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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