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. Join us for a workshop near you to see what our state's longest trail has to offer and to get your questions answered. We wrote the book!
Most people go to the Florida Trail for day hikes, as it is near to many Florida communities. But it is a big draw for backpackers, with opportunities for overnight hikes, week-long treks, and even thru-hikes.IMPORTANT LINKS FOR FT HIKERS
At Cypress Lakes Preserve, a 1.7-mile segment of the Florida Trail follows the edge of a series of cypress-lined lakes where ancient trees have survived the ages
Staring into Royal Springs, it feels like looking into a bottomless pit. Steep and broad, it drops 42 feet into shimmering waters of turquoise and royal blue.
Home to several popular springs, this town in Holmes County bears the name of the Spanish explorer because of the shimmering waters of Ponce De Leon Springs
Trying the hiking portion of the Tamiami Trail Triathlon in summer is a little crazy, but we wanted to check it out. The swamp is lovely, but the loop uses a hiker-unfriendly OHV road
Paddling within sight of downtown Miami? Kayak or SUP fromt Blue Moon Outdoor Center in Oleta River State Park to explore mangrove shorelines along Biscayne Bay
In a hidden corner of Collier County, Barefoot Beach Preserve provides immersion in nature at a beauty spot along two miles of natural shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico just north of Wiggins Pass.
Last year, we launched the Florida Trail Hikers Alliance to connect experienced hikers who've hiked the Florida Trail with those eager to do so. Share your stories or ask questions on our hiker forums. Questions about Florida hiking and backpacking are welcome. Thanks to Brickman Way and Randy & Luanne Anderson for their support on the forums!
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