It was a cold, cold morning last Sunday when I took a stroll from the Sand Lake trailhead at Wekiwa Springs State Park into the open pine scrub. Good thing that the canopy is relatively open as you head out on the hiking loop, although it’s disappointing that the main trail (blazed white) is still […]
Trip itineraries for Florida's outdoors
Itineraries to help you plan a weekend, a week, or a month's worth of outdoor recreation in Florida.
A landmark along Interstate 75 near Ocala, the Land Bridge remains one of the more popular destinations for hikers, bikers, and equestrians on the Cross Florida Greenway.
Hikes near Orlando theme parks, by reader request. The area between Sea World and Universal Studios is both heavily populated and heavily commercial, so you have to drive beyond the Orlando International Airport to find the wild places. These suggestions are a mix of places I’ve visited and places I plan to visit. Even though […]
Follow along as Fredrik Coulter revisits the orphaned hikes that didn’t make it into the second edition of 50 Hikes in Central Florida to see how these trails have changed.
In mid-April, the pitcher plants of Santa Rosa County are at their peak of bloom. During the 2013 Panhandle Trace Hike, we went in search of them and here’s what we found.
Natural lands in Florida with known Florida scrub-jay families or pairs that you might glimpse along the trails as you’re hiking.
A prime destination for backpacking and day hiking near Ocala, the Florida Trail, Cross Florida Greenway stretches 30 miles between Dunnellon and Silver Springs.
The top destination for backpackers in Florida is the Florida Trail, Ocala National Forest. This 70-mile section is the oldest section of the trail, easy to follow.
I had an email from a reader yesterday who said: Hi Sandra! Two friends and I will be traveling to Florida in August. We have 3-4 days that we would like to spend doing some mild to medium hiking/backpacking somewhere between Orlando and Ft Lauderdale. Could you offer some suggestions of where to go in […]
These parks are closed due to extensive damage to the Florida Keys from Hurricane Irma. Deep in a tropical jungle, Ranger Joseph Nemec points out some of the weirdest plants I’ve ever laid eyes on. “This is a whisk fern,” he says, gesturing to a spindly green slip of a plant jutting out of a […]