Hiking the Florida Trail

Florida Trail sign1,400 miles statewide. 1,110 miles linear. The Florida Trail is Florida’s own National Scenic Trail, a ribbon of outdoor adventure stretching from the edge of the Everglades to Pensacola Beach, with trailheads within an hour of most Florida communities. Enjoy a touch of nature on a day hike, plan a weekend outdoors, or take on the entire walk across Florida in one go: there are destinations for everyone.

With more than 45 years of experience hiking the Florida Trail, we’re here to help. Our guidebook, The Florida Trail Guide, provides logistical information for planning those long hikes, and we feature plenty of easier hikes here on our website. We’ve also produced an app that will help you discover the trail and plan your hikes.

Florida Trail services updates

Cumulative updates to services listed in The Florida Trail Guide since publication of the guidebook in September 2013.
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Florida Trail, Rice Creek

Florida Trail Day Hikes

Explore natural Florida on the Florida Trail by taking a day hike along a portion of our statewide National Scenic
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Oak hammock in Chandler Slough

Florida Trail Backpacking

Weekend backpackers will appreciate the many places the Florida Trail provides a pleasant overnight or three-day-weekend experience to escape to
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Long Distance Hiker

Planning a Long Distance Hike

It takes 1,110 miles and 2-3 months to walk from Big Cypress to Pensacola along the Florida Trail, and a
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Florida Trail, Little Big Econ

Florida Trail for Scouting

There are many opportunities for Boy Scouts to complete hiking and backpacking merit badges and 50-miler awards along the Florida
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Florida Trail backpackers cross a ranch

Florida Trail Adventures

What's it like to hike the Florida Trail? Here's where we share our personal experiences day hiking and backpacking on
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FT Kickoff 2014

Long Distance Hiker Journals

With a record number of long distance hikers either thru-hiking or section hiking the Florida Trail this winter, we're rounding
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Explore the Florida Trail by Section

Big Pine Key Long Beach

Eastern Continental Trail

176.3 or 188.2 miles. Not technically part of the Florida Trail but a connector to it, the Florida portion of
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Florida Trail, Big Cypress

Florida Trail, Big Cypress

37.6 or 45.4 miles. Winding deep into the wilds of the Big Cypress Swamp, this is the most remote section
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FT Seminole Reservation

Florida Trail, Seminole

49.8 miles. Stretching from the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation to Lake Okeechobee, this is a vast agricultural region. These are
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Sunrise at Moore Haven

Florida Trail, Okeechobee West

56.5 miles. The preferred route for long distance hikers due to its solitude and wild spaces, the trail – entirely
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FT Henry Creek to Okeechobee

Florida Trail, Okeechobee East

57.4 miles. The eastern side of Lake Okeechobee has more communities close to the Herbert Hoover Dike, and more open
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Ocean-to-Lake Trail

Florida Trail, Ocean-to-Lake

61.5 miles. A spur trail that leads from Port Mayaca on the east side of Lake Okeechobee to Hobe Sound
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FT Chandler Slough West

Florida Trail, Kissimmee

104.7 miles. Following the Kissimmee River floodplain – which is undergoing restoration to its former glory, and flooding the landscape
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FT Citrus

Florida Trail, Western Corridor

231.1 miles. An alternate route for thru-hikers to the Orlando and most of the Ocala sections, the Western Corridor provides
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FT in Little Big Econ

Florida Trail, Orlando

146.9 miles. The traditional route for long distance hikers takes you through a slim ribbon of wilderness in Orlando’s eastern
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Florida Trail, Ocala section

Florida Trail, Ocala

73.4 miles. The birthplace of the Florida Trail, the Ocala section is Florida’s top backpacking destination, showcasing the world’s largest
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FT Northeast FL

Florida Trail, Northeast Florida

114.7 miles. The sweep of trail past Palatka towards Lake Butler involves some private timberlands and a string of public
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FT Suwannee

Florida Trail, Suwannee

82.2 miles. For more than sixty miles, the Florida Trail follows the floodplain of the fabled Suwannee River, clinging to
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FT Big Bend at St Marks

Florida Trail, Big Bend

120 miles. From the Suwannee River, the trail continues west through San Pedro Bay through private timberlands to rejoin public
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FT Apalachicola

Florida Trail, Apalachicola

78.6 miles. Florida’s largest national forest, the Apalachicola National Forest is a very wet, very lush environment, and the trail
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FT Central Panhandle

Florida Trail, Central Panhandle

100.6 miles. Crossing the Apalachicola River, the Florida Trail enters the Central Time Zone. Public lands are scarce through this
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FT Eglin (Bob Coveney)

Florida Trail, Eglin

100.5 miles. Florida’s largest military reservation was once the Choctawhatchee National Forest, and thanks to more than a century of
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FT Seashore FNST

Florida Trail, Seashore

33.2 miles. The Florida Trail’s northern terminus is at Fort Pickens on Pensacola Bay, a fitting place to complete a
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FT Blackwater

Florida Trail, Blackwater

43.1 miles. Branching off the Eglin section east of Milton, the Blackwater section provides an alternate for hikers to immerse
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Planning a Hike?

Planning a hike? Grab a copy of The Florida Trail Guide to help you with logistics. Alternatively, our new Florida Trail app offers an interactive version of the guide with built-in offline mapping.

Section or thru-hiking? Check out more details here.

The Florida Trail Data Book and the most current thru-trail maps are also a must, available from the Florida Trail Association (FTA). There are some places you can navigate using data. In most places, knowing how the trail follows the landscape is crucial. You must be an FTA member to hike through a handful of private lands that the trail crosses. When you’re ready to give back to the trail, get involved with an FTA trail crew.

The following books of ours also have details about FT day hikes and overnight trips:

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