Paddling Holmes Creek

With a dozen launch points along its 16 mile length, Holmes Creek, a tributary of the Choctawhatchee River, is a must-do paddling trip along a remote spring-fed waterway.
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Paddling Holmes Creek

The trouble with ticks

Let's face it: Florida is a breeding ground for ticks, and summer is prime time for these nasties. Here's what you can do to minimize tick bites and how to handle if you do get bitten.
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The trouble with ticks

Tricking out a Trek

Offroad riding means a lot of bounce, especially on a washboarded limerock road like KICCO Grade. Adding trekking bars to John's mountain bike made all the difference.
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Tricking out a Trek

Florida’s labyrinths

Florida has an estimated 132 permanent, mostly outdoor labyrinths scattered around the state waiting to be walked – from a neighborhood park in Pensacola in the Panhandle to a labyrinth on church grounds on Plantation Key in the Florida Keys. Our friend Lucy Tobias shares her research on the subject.
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Florida’s labyrinths

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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.

Florida Trail, Chuluota Wilderness to Joshua Creek
Robinson Preserve
Ross Prairie State Forest
Citrus Hiking Trail
Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk
Lake Monroe CA Kratzert
Watermelon Pond
Florida Trail, Pruitt to Ross Prairie
FT Stephen Foster
Big Oak Trail
Anhinga Trail
Big Shoals

Newest Trails & Parks

Florida Trail Yellow River

Florida Trail, Yellow River

For an acrobatic adventure on the Florida Trail, the 7.9-mile Yellow River section near Holt tosses both tricky swamp traverses and creative creek crossings your way.
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Florida Trail Fort Pickens

Florida Trail, Fort Pickens

At the westernmost tip of Santa Rosa Island, after a beach walk along the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Trail reaches its Northern Terminus at historic Fort Pickens.
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Santa Rosa Island dunes

Florida Trail, UWF Dunes Preserve

It's a rare opportunity to scramble over dunes as the Florida Trail winds its way along the bay side of Santa Rosa Island through the UWF Dunes Preserve, offering scenic views
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Treehouse at Camp Chowenwaw Park

Nature and Nostalgia at Camp Chowenwaw Park

In a deeply forested area on Black Creek north of Green Cove Springs, Camp Chowenwaw Park provides campers and hikers a unique destination, a former Girl Scout Camp with a rich history.
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Latest Blogs & News

Geneva 4th of July

Fourth of July in Geneva

For a heartwarming dose of old-fashioned Americana, visit the Central Florida community of Geneva for their 4th of July celebration, which starts at 9 AM. Bring a camp chair!
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Last of the Florida Trail Guide second edition

Sold out of The Florida Trail Guide

As of June 2017, we are SOLD OUT of The Florida Trail Guide, second edition. A third edition is currently in the works, and the Florida Trail Guide App is up-to-date as of this month!
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American dog tick (US Fish & Wildlife Service)

The trouble with ticks

Let's face it: Florida is a breeding ground for ticks, and summer is prime time for these nasties. Here's what you can do to minimize tick bites and how to handle if you do get bitten.
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New Primal Jerky

New Primal: a tastier jerky

Lavender package. Tasty jerky. No hormones, no added sugar, paleo friendly. Date & rosemary chicken jerky from The New Primal turned out to be delicious
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Latest Travels

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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Geneva 4th of July

Fourth of July in Geneva

For a heartwarming dose of old-fashioned Americana, visit the Central Florida community of Geneva for their 4th of July celebration, which starts at 9 AM. Bring a camp chair!
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A metal butterfly at the center of a labyrinth on the grounds of Unity Church in Venice, Florida. Photo by Lucy Tobias

Florida’s labyrinths

Florida has an estimated 132 permanent, mostly outdoor labyrinths scattered around the state waiting to be walked – from a neighborhood park in Pensacola in the Panhandle to a labyrinth on church grounds on Plantation Key in the Florida Keys. Our friend Lucy Tobias shares her research on the subject.
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