The Florida Trail Guide

A Hiker’s Guide to Travel Services along Florida’s National Scenic Trail

The Florida Trail Guide
Published September 2013
Trail updates collected since publication
Services updates collected since publication

More than a year in the making, The Florida Trail Guide provides logistics for hiking and backpacking the Florida Trail, whether you’re planning a weekend trip with friends, an outing with a Scout troop, a week in the woods, section hikes of significant length, or a full thru-hike of 1,100 miles across the state of Florida.

It’s an app, too!

Building on a strong foundation of four Florida Trail guidebooks previously written by Sandra Friend, this book contains more services details in an easier-to-read format (please see samples) inspired by The AT Guide. When we set off to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail last year, our constant use of ‘AWOL’ convinced us that the Florida Trail deserved a great resource, too. David Miller was kind enough to assist us in understanding the logic behind his layouts and provided us the service icons found throughout the text.

This 224-page book covers the full length of the Florida Trail, including both portions that are designated National Scenic Trail segments as well as connector trails like the Ocean-to-Lake Trail. The Eastern Continental Trail (ECT) connector from Key West to Big Cypress National Preserve is covered in its own chapter. Mileages, and the overall flow of the book, are based on a typical thru-hiker route from Big Cypress to Fort Pickens, with alternate routes fully detailed in the back of the book.

Florida Trail overview map

Trail segments detailed in this book (click to enlarge map)

What’s inside?

  • Logistics for nearly 1,500 miles of trail.
  • 36 regional overview maps.
  • 63 town maps annotated with service details.
  • 18 sections, including connector trails.
  • GPS coordinates for trailheads.
  • At-a-glance services icons.
  • Section and thru-trail mileage.
  • Mileage details based on trail landmarks.
  • Mileages between designated campsites.
  • Post office hours and locations.
  • Places to send maildrops.
  • Lodgings and campgrounds near the trail.
  • Outfitters and shuttle providers along the trail.
  • Contact information for thousands of services.
  • How to get to and from the termini.
  • Permit requirements and precautions.
  • Basics for hiking in Florida.
  • Links to more details online.

Will there be an e-book version?

No, we’ve opted to create an app instead, working with the well-respected trail guide team of Guthook Hikes and High Sierra Attitude. Check out the app features. Much better than an e-book could ever be!

What about the next edition?

The apps contain the most up-to-date information we have thus far. Knowing that there will be additional changes to the trail route this hiking season, we’re planning to publish a second edition in September 2015. Meanwhile, changes to the trail route and to trail services are on our Updates pages so you can print them out and keep them with your book.

Sample Data Spread

The Florida Trail Guide Data Spread

Sample data spread (click to enlarge)

Sample Services Spread

The Florida Trail Guide Services Spread

Sample data spread (click to enlarge)