Florida’s National Scenic Trail
1,400 miles. Hundreds of trailheads and campsites. Wilderness escapes and urban walks. Swamps and beaches. The Florida Trail is a study in contrasts, a scenic pathway that connects you with a unique mosaic of landscapes in one of the most botanically diverse states in America.
We're Sandra Friend and John Keatley, publishers of FloridaHikes.com, founders of the Florida Trail Hikers Alliance, and authors of The Florida Trail Guide and the Florida Trail app. We're avid hikers who have many thousands of miles behind us in Florida and beyond. The Florida Trail has been our home turf since we were kids, back in the days when it was brand new.
Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Florida Trail this year by inspiring you to hike our state's most notable footpath more often.
The Florida Trail: The Book
In 2004, Sandra debuted the first coffee table book on the Florida Trail, Along the Florida Trail, with photography by Bart Smith. They worked together on this project to fulfill Bart's goal of completing a book for each of the National Scenic Trails - he's hiked all of them - and Sandra's goal of spreading the word about the Florida Trail.
The book won a national award from the Outdoor Writers Association of America as well as a statewide award from the Florida Outdoor Writers Association.
In 2012, we discussed the idea of bringing the history of the Florida Trail to life through our images and those of people who've devoted many years of their life working on the trail. So as soon as we wrapped the first edition of The Florida Trail Guide, we dove into research and photography, knowing it would be a time-consuming venture.
Now that we’re in the 50th year of the Florida Trail, we’re delighted to share that our book will be published this fall. It is a 192 page glossy full-color coffee table book, and very much a limited edition, published through Watula Press and printed in the United States.
There will be only one printing of this book, with no future reprints, and there will not be an e-book edition of this commemorative edition. 250 signed, numbered hardcover copies will be available, as well as a less-expensive softcover version.
If you think you might be interested in a copy of the book – there is no obligation to purchase – please join our mailing list. We’ll share some peeks inside the book as it takes shape, and will keep you updated on the final pricing and when pre-orders will be open. Release date is October 2016.