Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Sandra FriendI do business both under my own name, Sandra Friend, and as Florida Hikes. As an author, photographer, writer, and artist, I feel pretty strongly about privacy and copyright issues. As a hiker, I’m big on people being responsible for their own well-being while exploring the outdoors. Here’s the legal stuff about your use of this website. Please read it through at least once!

Your privacy is of utmost concern. Your email address will not be shared with anyone outside of this website without your explicit permission. In the forum areas, members may communicate with each other via links to each other’s email addresses when logged in.

Personal and Non-commercial use
This website is provided for your personal, non-commercial use. If you represent a commercial entity and are interested in licensing content from this website, please contact me for information.

No Warranties
Use this website at your own risk. This website is provided to you “as is” as a service, with no guarantees either express or implied. Maps are presented for entertainment purposes and are not meant to represent an accurate survey of any specific location.

While it is our intent to provide accurate information, Florida Hikes makes no warranty that any content supplied on this website satisfies any applicable government law, regulation, or requirement. Neither Florida Hikes nor its owners, subcontractors, agents, partners, or licensors warrant that the Web site or its operation will be accurate, reliable, uninterrupted or error-free. No agent or representative has the authority to create any warranty regarding the website on behalf of Florida Hikes. Florida Hikes reserves the right to change or discontinue at any time any aspect or feature of the Web site.

Exclusion of Liability
Hiking is an outdoor activity that involves personal risk and responsibility. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall Florida Hikes, its owners, subcontactors, or individuals submitting their own information to this site be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages and expenses whatsoever arising out of or in any way connected with use of this website, delay or inability to use this website, or for any information, products, or services obtained through this website.

By using this website, you specifically agree that no licensor, supplier, or information provider to Florida Hikes shall have any liability to you for any reason whatsoever based upon the information provided on or through this website.

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold Florida Hikes and its agents, licensors and suppliers harmless from and against any and all claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your use of this site, or any content, product or service offered through this site, in a manner that violates or is alleged to violate these Terms and Conditions.

Featured Links and Advertisements
This website may contain links to websites offered by parties other than Florida Hikes. Such links are provided for your reference and convenience only. Florida Hikes does not control such other websites and is not responsible for their content; nor does Florida Hikes’ inclusion of links to such websites imply any endorsement of the material on such websites or any association with their operators unless explicitly stated as a recommendation.

Unless otherwise specifically stated on this website, Florida Hikes does not endorse any product or service or make any representation regarding the reliability, quality or accuracy of any products or services featured in, or linked to, any advertisement appearing on this Web site. For Google ads presented on this website, Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads based on your visits to this site and others on the Internet. You may opt out of Google’s DART cookie ad tracking by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Linking to Us
Unless you are subsequently advised otherwise by Florida Hikes, you are hereby licensed to create links to the content on the Web site, provided that the link accurately describes the content as it appears on the Web site. Florida Hikes reserves the right to revoke this license generally, or your right to use specific links, at any time.

Under no circumstances may you “frame” the Web site or any of its content or copy portions of the website to a server, except as part of an Internet service provider’s incidental caching of pages. Each page within the website must be displayed in full (including all trademarks, branding, advertising and promotional materials), without any accompanying frame, border, margin, design, branding, trademark, advertising or promotional materials not originally displayed on the page within the website. You may not utilize the RSS feeds from this site to generate web pages that mimic this site. The source of the RSS feed must be clearly shown.

Your Contributions
To protect the copyright of our website, a copy of this website will occasionally be submitted to the Library of Congress for registration. Your contributions will be included as part of the overall registration, much as within an issue of a magazine. However, any contributions of content, including posts to the forums, uploads of articles and images, and news items remain under your copyright. By posting on this website, you grant Florida Hikes non-exclusive use of your content. Contributions, however, do not equate to a share in equity of the website. Additionally, your contributions may be removed from this website at any time without prior notice.

Copyright Notice
Except for material in the public domain under United States copyright law, all material contained on the Web site is protected by United States and foreign copyright laws. Except as otherwise expressly provided in these terms and conditions, you may not copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, modify, rewrite, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any material contained on this website without the prior consent of the copyright owner.

None of the material contained on this site may be reverse-engineered, disassembled, decompiled, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, translated into any language or computer language, retransmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photoreproduction, recordation or otherwise), resold or redistributed without the prior written consent of Florida Hikes. Violation of this provision may result in severe civil and criminal penalties.

You may make copies of materials displayed on the website for your own personal and noncommercial use only, provided any copies include the copyright and other notices displayed with the materials on the Web site. You may not distribute such copies to others, whether or not for a charge or other consideration, without prior written permission from Florida Hikes or the copyright owner of the copied material.

Requests to reproduce materials on the website for distribution or other purposes can be emailed to Sandra Friend, or mailed to Florida Hikes, PO Box 2958, Sanford FL 32772.