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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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Mar 25: Alabama Hiking Trails Conference, Navoo, AL

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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.

Citrus Hiking Trail
Churchhouse Hammock Trail, Crystal River
Coconut Point Sanctuary
Florida Trail, Wheeler Rd to Joshua Cree
Florida Trail north of Farles Prairie
Big Oak Trail
Florida Trail, Pat's Island to Hidden Pond
Florida Trail, Tosohatchee
Cedar Point Environmental Park
Wright Lake Trail pitcher plants
Bella Vista Trail
Smyrna Dunes Park

Newest Trails & Parks

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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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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FOWA Excellence in Craft Awards
First Place: 2015. Second Place: 2016, 2006. Third Place: 2014, 2013, 2009.

Latest Blogs & News


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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Bikes on the Titusville Bike Path

Two new bikes for Christmas

It was inevitable that my Cannondale's failure and a ride on a brand new Giant XTC Advanced would lead to trying out new and improved bikes. We took the plunge in time for Christmas.
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Blue skies and big cypresses

Paddling in the New Year

What were you doing a few days after Christmas? Some of us in Florida were paddling the Juniper Springs run. It's one of the most beautiful paddling trips in Florida.
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JK and his Cannondale

Farewell to my Cannondale

Requiem for a much-loved bicycle: in November, my vintage Cannondale Super V 1000 mountain bike made its final ride while we were doing trail research in Marion County.
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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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