Florida hiking

Hiking in Florida, including loop trails, urban walks, nature trails, day hikes, backpacking trips, and segments of the Florida Trail, our National Scenic Trail.

Accessible Trails

Kirby Storter Boardwalk

Wheelchair-bound? You can get out and enjoy Florida’s outdoors on these accessible trails that offer wheelchair-ready surfaces, either boardwalks, paved, or natural.



Set in a 60-acre cypress dome on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum of Seminole culture provides an introduction to the tropical outdoors of natural South Florida’s swamps in which the Seminole Tribe has lived for more than a century.

Alderman’s Ford Nature Preserve

Aldermans Ford Preserve

Part of an extensive corridor of natural lands – more than 10,000 acres worth east of Tampa – protecting the flow of the Alafia River, Alderman’s Ford Nature Preserve offers a surprising treat for a Central Florida hike: whitewater. The Alafia River flows over limestone boulders as it winds through a deeply eroded channel, forming […]

Alderman’s Ford Park

Alderman's Ford Park

An easy loop at Alderman’s Ford Park, a popular county park, the Lithia Nature Trail slips behind the nature center for a walk in deeply shaded woods. Along the river’s floodplain corridor, you are in hammocks where massive cypresses and oaks rise above clear sand-bottomed streams in eroded gullies. Resources Overview Location: Lithia Length: 0.3 […]

Alfred A. Ring Park

Hogtown Creek at Alfred Ring Park

A strip of dense slope forest along Hogtown Creek with old-growth trees and rare wildflowers along Appalachian-style ravines, Gainesville’s first linear park was a gift from a college professor, Alfred A. Ring, and opened in 1990. Resources Overview Location: Gainesville Length: 1.5 miles Lat-Long: 29.674283, -82.347019 Type: round-trip Fees / Permits: none Difficulty: easy to […]

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Blooming season at Maclay Gardens

In late winter, azaleas create ribbons of bright color beneath the live oak canopy across the grounds of Maclay Gardens, a series of formal gardens along the hillsides sweeping down to Lake Hall.

Alligator Creek

CHEC Alligator Creek

Located where freshwater and saltwater habitats meet along the edge of Charlotte Harbor, the Alligator Creek unit of Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park in Punta Gorda is an outreach center and living laboratory of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Here, the stir of a salt breeze riffles across cypress domes close to the sea.