As of May 1, 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers has closed yet another segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail around Lake Okeechobee, this time from John Stretch Park to South Bay. The section will not reopen until a water control structure is replaced, as late as late 2014. Section hikers, thru-hikers, and backpackers […]
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 […]
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.
The population of Florida scrub-jays in Ocala is getting a boost through a habitat restoration project starting on the Cross Florida Greenway this July.
About a decade ago, I was in Blountstown for the grand opening of the brand-new Blountstown Greenway, a project that, it seemed, the whole town rallied around. They showed up in droves for the grand opening to celebrate the first-ever public pathway in Calhoun County, one of Florida’s more rural spots about an hour west […]
Back in November, when I gave a presentation at the Wilderness Trekkers Annual Conference, I’d heard from the Cross Florida Greenway manager that the visitor center at Buckman Lock was closed due to budget cuts. It sounded like it would reopen at some point. On a visit to Buckman Lock last Friday, I learned that […]
Last week, I revisited the Disney Wilderness Preserve to update “50 Hikes in Central Florida.” Imagine my surprise to find the trail system had shrunk! I was with my friends Joan, Jon, and a new friend, Mehmet, all of whom hiked the evening before at Joan’s TGIF hike at Lake Proctor Wilderness, and we’d expected […]
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 […]
If you were thinking of hiking on the Florida Trail in Big Cypress National Preserve, change your plans. Trail closures remain in effect due to ongoing wildfires.
For thru-hikers in 2012-2013, closures around Lake Okeechobee along the Florida Trail have made logistics quite a challenge. The Army Corps of Engineers has contractors working along several large segments of the dike, continuing to make it impossible to “do the loop” of 110 miles around Lake Okeechobee without a dangerous amount of roadwalks. More […]