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.
A donation of the 4,171 acre Peaceful Horse Ranch on the Peace River was turned down by DEP two years ago. It was just accepted as a future Florida State Forest
We did it! I heard a little buzz about this while I was out on the trail last week and indeed it’s official: Florida was named the BEST TRAILS STATE at the 2008 National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, last month. Key to the award is our own Office of Greenways and Trails, who […]
A new surprise along the Florida Trail in White Springs: a nudist resort. For years, the Suwannee Valley Campground has been one of several welcoming resupply-and-rest stops for long distance hikers along the Suwannee River, but that’s about to change. In May 2012, the new owners of the campground will be reopening it as a […]
Tonight marks the first public meeting regards a paved bike path to be added to the recreational mix on the Cross Florida Greenway between Pruitt Trailhead and Santos Trailhead.
After another long closure, Black Bear Wilderness Area – one of Sanford’s most beautiful and wildlife-rich hikes – has reopened, this time with a new 7.1-mile loop trail in place.
On Saturday March 28, a young hiker was attacked by a bobcat in Withlacoochee State Forest. The bobcat got away and entered private property, where it attacked a man who killed it in self-defense. Here’s the full story from the news release just issued from FWC: A bobcat attacked two people in separate incidents in […]
Out along SR 24 on the way to Cedar Key, the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve (Hike #9 in 50 Hikes in North Florida) is the northernmost spot I’ve seen Florida scrub-jays. Good news for the scrub-jays and other species that thrive in the coastal scrub: The Nature Conservancy completed a deal to preserve more […]
A mosquito-borne disease, Chikungunya fever was first identified in 1952 in Tanzania. In recent years it has spread prolifically throughout the Caribbean. It has no known cure, and it is now present in Florida.
Due to a swarm of lightning-strike wildfires in the northern portion of Big Cypress National Preserve, the following closures are effective immediately, including a portion of the Florida Trail normally accessed from MM 63 Rest Area on I-75 extending both south and north. The following information comes straight from the preserve: Naples, FL – Due […]