Nine days, 109 miles: that’s the circuit around Lake Okeechobee to complete a walk around the second largest lake inside American borders on the Big O Hike.
With our second adventure in our VW camper, Primrose, behind us, it’s good to be home. Before the trip I had a good friend “freshen up” some of the 30-year-old systems on Primrose. I’ve read too many stories, and have had a close friend lose his camper because of old fuel lines letting go. Seeing […]
One person CAN make an enormous difference. Wiley Dykes, Sr., one of the strongest and most persistent trail builders of the past 40 years in the Orlando area, has died at the age of 81. Working tirelessly to find a route for the Florida Trail through the suburbs and wild lands of Orlando, he devoted […]
We’d heard word recently that Florida Trail Association Volunteer Program Coordinator Megan Donahue was moving to the West Coast, and with her work in the field, at special events, with trail crews, and with communications, she will be missed. So up pops this job posting on Cool Works – and yes, this is an extremely […]
On May 16, 2014, DEP’s Office of Greenways & Trails opened a new bridge and trail along the Cross Florida Greenway, the Dunnellon Trail, providing a crucial connector for the Florida Trail.
It’s tough to lose a friend, tougher when it’s someone who made an impact on your life with their friendship. A tribute to our friend Paul “Bear Bag Hanger” Guyon, from those who hiked with him.
One of the best digital tools for connecting with fellow hikers, Meetup.com provides a treasure trove of organized groups for you to join and get out on a hike this hiking season. I’m glad to see that many chapters of the Florida Trail Association have embraced Meetup, but there is also quite an array of […]
James “Jupiter Hikes” Hoher, a member of the Florida Trail Association Loxahatchee chapter, has just set a new record for Fastest Known Time (FKT) for an unsupported hike of the Florida Trail. Cruising along at distances of up to 53 miles per day, he bested the record set by “Tatu Joe” Kisner in 2012 by […]
A permanent closure of 55 miles of the Florida Trail between the Suwannee and Aucilla Rivers leaves thru-hikers no alternative but a very lengthy roadwalk
Nine days of walking around Lake Okeechobee is a unique experience that can change your life. Learn what it feels like to join the Big O Hike in this day-by-day journey.