Bear activity is making the news these days – the numbers of still-threatened Florida black bears increasing – so to head off the potential of negative encounters with bears as you hike through the Ocala, Osceola, and Apalachicola National Forests, it’s now necessary to bear bag your food. It’s always been a smart idea because […]
The newest section of the Florida Trail, the Choctawhatchee River Section opened on December 14. More than a decade in the making, this footpath eliminates a long roadwalk between the river and Seven Runs trailhead, adding two new campsites for backpackers along the 8.3 mile route.
The Florida Trail App has won a Silver Award in the Travel App category of The North American Travel Journalists Association annual journalism travel awards.
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According to a missive from the FTA office, the roadwalk between Gold Head Branch State Park and Camp Blanding has been eliminated, thanks to land acquisition by the park and an effort by local volunteer Janie Hamilton to bridge the gap. That was a nasty little roadwalk with high speed traffic, so many thanks to […]
As of February 10, the following lock crossing procedure is in place for hikers crossing the new section of the Florida Trail along Kissimmee River between KICCO WMA and Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park: 1) Contact Kim Willis at SFWMD one week in advance of your planned arrival date at 800-432-2045 x3333 or by email. […]
I just received the cover image for the upcoming release of 50 Hikes in Central Florida, 2nd edition, and discovered it’s now a part of the Explorer’s Guide series. Be sure to watch for it in your local bookstores around Christmastime! All of the hikes have been re-walked, re-mapped, and re-written, and nearly half are […]
As of October 25, the long-awaited Nokuse section of the Florida Trail is now open, reflecting two years of hard work by members of the Choctawhatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association, an effort led by Bob Deckert and Tom Daniels. This 20-mile segment between SR 81 north of Bruce and US 331 north of […]
Except for service dogs, dogs are no longer permitted in Alexander Springs, Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Juniper Springs, Clearwater Lake, Fore Lake, Lake Dorr and Mill Dam Recreation Areas in the Ocala National Forest.
Years ago, it was very common to see patches sewn on canvas backpacks. I believe it started in Europe and slowly found its way to the US. In the very early 1970s ,when I first joined the Florida Trail Association and earned the Boy Scouts of America 50-miler patch on the Florida Trail, the patches […]