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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Opt Outside

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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Big Cypress reopens campgrounds

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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Grand opening of Santa Fe River Preserve

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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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.

Amid the cypresses north of Loop Road
Florida Trail, Pruitt to Ross Prairie
On the Oak Hammock boardwalk
CHEC Alligator Creek
Churchhouse Hammock Trail, Crystal River
Tibet-Butler Preserve
Florida Trail, Gold Head Branch State Park
Devils Millhopper
Leon Sinks
Big Shoals Trail
Bear Swamp Trail
Eldora Hammock Trail

Newest Trails & Parks

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.
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Riding the C2C paralleling US 1 in North Titusville

C2C expands in North Brevard

After more than two years under construction, the newest portion of the Coast-to-Coast Trail opened without fanfare through North Titusville and Mims in September 2017. I rode it on Labor Day to check it out.
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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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Upper Chipola River

Baltzell Spring

Made up of liquid pools of beauty on the edge of Florida Caverns State Park, Baltzell Spring is a compelling destination for spring hunters along the Chipola River in Marianna.
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Latest Blogs & News

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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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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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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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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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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