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.
As a thank you from the state of Florida, first responders (including lineworkers) who worked on support statewide during and after Hurricane Irma are eligible for a free annual Florida State Parks pass with proof of their service.
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.
Get outdoors more thanks to a partnership between Florida Hikes! and Niantic Labs at Google, bringing our trails knowledge to their location-aware Field Trip app
Attend a public workshop in a community near you this October through December to voice your opinion on changes to the Florida Trail route and priorities for new bike and water trails in Florida.
September 30 is National Public Lands Day, celebrated around the USA as a day to give back to our parks and trails. Admission to federal lands is free for the day. Show up and lend a hand!
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 […]