The Florida Hikes! Blog

News, trail updates, and conservation issues, as well as our explorations of trails around Florida and the world.

2012 FNST Strategic Plan Released

FNST-Strategic-Plan

In early June, the USDA Forest Service, National Forests in Florida released the 2012 Florida National Scenic Trail Strategic Plan. This planning document is the first guidance document for the future of the Florida Trail since the trail’s original inception as a National Scenic Trail in 1986.

45N68W passes Florida tests

45N68W

Several months ago, I was contacted by the folks at 45N68W (the coordinates of the northern terminus of the AT) to test a new insect repellent they have on the market. I took it with me to the Everglades in May, but wouldn’t you know … no mosquitoes to speak of! I’ve done my best […]

45N68W: another success!

45N68W

I’m so impressed with this product … but if I could only remember the coordinates! While speaking at Bill Jackson’s this Monday I had the inevitable question about what bug spray I recommend, and I immediately could picture the spray bottle in my mind, and the fact that neem seems to be the magic ingredient, […]

45N68W: beating mosquito swarms

45N68W

45N68W does it again for Florida’s mean mosquitoes. An unintended field test comparison this week pitted a Deet-based product against swarms of oversized mosquitoes in Volusia”s Wiregrass Prairie Preserve against the all-natural 45N68W on the big loop at Wekiwa Springs. I’d forgotten to pack the bug juice for the first trek, so I borrowed what […]

4th of July Fireworks from the Florida Trail

Dueling fireworks – Winter Springs and Oviedo – were visible from the Florida Trail the other night if you knew where to look! My friend Joan, aka Bluetrail, had a great plan – head out on the Cross Seminole Trail bridge over SR 434 after dark. Sure enough, it was a high enough vantage point […]

A chat with Nimblewill Nomad

I had a pleasant chat Wednesday night with one of my hiking heroes, M.J. Eberhart, aka Nimblewill Nomad, calling from Paradise. That’s Paradise, Michigan, and Eb is within a couple of days of completing the North Country Trail through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and swinging down into the rest of Michigan as he continues […]

A new perspective on the St. Johns River

If you’ve ever hiked along or near the St Johns River off SR 46 between Sanford and Mims, you know the landscapes are flat. Sometimes the braided river channels through this chain of lakes may have just enough elevation for an oak hammock, limbs gracefully arched over the marshy shallows. Sometimes the floodplain is a […]