Florida Trail, Prairie Lakes Loop

Alternating between moss-draped oak hammocks and the wide open prairies that characterize this part of the state, the Florida Trail loop at Prairie Lakes provides one of Central Florida's oldest and most scenic hiking destinations.
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Florida Trail, Prairie Lakes Loop

The Yearling Trail

Walk the landscape and discover the history that inspired Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling in 1938, on Pat’s Island in the Ocala National Forest.
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The Yearling Trail

Maritime Hammock Sanctuary

On a 2.8-mile loop trail, Maritime Hammock Sanctuary showcases maritime, or coastal hammock, marshlands, and mangroves along the Indian River Lagoon
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Maritime Hammock Sanctuary

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Home to one of Florida's deepest springs, at 320 feet deep, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park protects crucial coastal estuaries along a shoreline hemmed in by urban sprawl.
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Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

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THE FLORIDA TRAIL

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.

Big Shoals
Pinelands Trail
Florida Trail, Pruitt to Ross Prairie
GTM Reserve
Big Lagoon
Cedar Point Environmental Park
Royal Palm Hammock Trail
Florida Trail north of Farles Prairie
Swamp along the River Trails
Shell Mound Trail
Eldora Hammock Trail
Butler Mill Trail

Newest Trails & Parks

Sunset at Prairie Lakes WMA

Florida Trail, Prairie Lakes Loop

Alternating between moss-draped oak hammocks and the wide open prairies that characterize this part of the state, the Florida Trail loop at Prairie Lakes provides one of Central Florida's oldest and most scenic hiking destinations.
Read More
Yearling Trail

The Yearling Trail

Walk the landscape and discover the history that inspired Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling in 1938, on Pat’s Island in the Ocala National Forest.
Read More
Maritime Hammock Sanctuary

Maritime Hammock Sanctuary

On a 2.8-mile loop trail, Maritime Hammock Sanctuary showcases maritime, or coastal hammock, marshlands, and mangroves along the Indian River Lagoon
Read More
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Home to one of Florida's deepest springs, at 320 feet deep, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park protects crucial coastal estuaries along a shoreline hemmed in by urban sprawl.
Read More

Latest Blogs & News

Alligators between 2 and 4 years old

Reconnecting with Gatorland

Thanks to an invite to the grand opening of Gatorland's new Stompin' Gator Off-Road Adventure, we learned the story of Gator Joe and reconnected with the nature we so love at this long-time Florida theme park.
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Boardwalk at Kirby Storter Wayside

Big Cypress reopens campgrounds

As water levels begin to recede in Big Cypress National Preserve, the National Park Service has been able to reopen some of the campgrounds along the Tamiami Trail and points north.
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Seminole Woods Trail

Opt Outside

Will you #OptOutside? Spend Black Friday (and this holiday weekend) in Florida's outdoors, enjoying our natural places instead of crowding the shopping malls.
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Santa Fe River Preserve (Tom Kay)

Grand opening of Santa Fe River Preserve

On November 18, Alachua Conservation Trust opens a brand new preserve to the public: Santa Fe River Preserve, more than 900 acres along the Santa Fe River near Worthington Springs.
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Latest Travels

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Foraging for mushrooms in Oregon 

Foraging for fungus in Estacada, Oregon, means immersing in a pastime that locals pursue with a passion.
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Aloft

Viewing Earth from 30,000 feet is a humbling experience, yet the miracle of air travel has become routine, a commodity.
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Madison Blue Springs

Spring hopping around Tallahassee

Between Madison and Marianna and across Wakulla County, explore a colorful collection of natural springs for swimming and snorkeling, all within an hour of Tallahassee.
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