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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New Primal: a tastier jerky

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

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, Yellow River

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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.

La Chua Trail
Bella Vista Trail
James E Grey Preserve
Apoxee Wilderness
FT Stephen Foster
Orlando Wetlands Park
Timucuan Trail
Royal Palm Hammock Trail
Hogtown Creek at Alfred Ring Park
Rocky Bayou
Ridge and Ravine Trails
Torreya Hiking Trail

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

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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Trek Skye at KICCO

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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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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Aringel

Keeping the bugs off with Aringel

A botanically-based natural mosquito repellent that doesn't touch your skin, Aringel offers a different way to protect yourself against flying insects in Florida.
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Latest Travels

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.
Read More
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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British car show at Mead Gardens

The British are coming!

On April Fools Day, we visited the 33rd annual British Car Show at Mead Garden in Winter Park. It's held every spring, and is a must for sports car aficionados.
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