Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Preserving a patch of tropical forest surrounding a quarry opened in 1908, Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park showcases the uniqueness of the Florida Keys in both botany and geology, with vast slabs of coral frozen in stone awaiting your inspection.
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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Riding the C2C from Mims to Maytown

One of the newest sections of the Coast to Coast Trail (C2C), the 7.5-mile segment between new trailheads at Aurantia and Maytown is one of the most rural segments of paved bike path in the region, with no road crossings.
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Riding the C2C from Mims to Maytown

Ridge Audubon Trails

Atop the Lake Wales Ridge, the nature trails at the Ridge Audubon Center in Babson Park do a fabulous job of interpreting the unique flora and fauna of this island of biodiversity.
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Ridge Audubon Trails

Ralph G. Kendrick Dwarf Cypress Boardwalk

Leading to a stand of dwarf bald cypress centuries old and less than 15 feet tall, the Kendrick Boardwalk at Tate's Hell State Forest is one of the weirder botanical spots in the Florida panhandle.
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Ralph G. Kendrick Dwarf Cypress Boardwalk

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Flagler Quarry

Flagler Quarry Trail

A short interpretive trail at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, the Flagler Quarry Trail leads you around the showiest of the quarries and the ruins of the railroad depot.
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Windley Trail

Windley Trail

A short interpretive loop at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, the Windley Trail circles through a tropical hammock before descending to showcase the fossil-rich rock walls of the quarry.
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Hammock Trail Windley Key

Hammock Trail

In a tropical hammock, learn about the trees of the Florida Keys with a walk on the 0.6-mile Hammock Trail at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park.
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Little Hamaca Park

Little Hamaca Park

A preserve along the historic Key West Salt Ponds, Little Hamaca Park has a boardwalk and footpath leading through a cross-section of the island’s habitats.
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Golden Orb Trail

Golden Orb Trail

Showcasing some of the Florida Keys more rare and unusual habitats, the 1.2-mile Golden Orb Trail at Long Key State Park swings an arc through the heart of Long Key, ending up at views of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Long Key State Park

Long Key State Park

Spanning shore to shore across much of its namesake island, Long Key State Park offers a bounty of botanical wonders across a variety of rare Florida Keys habitats.
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Old Bahia Honda Bridge Trail

Old Bahia Honda Bridge Trail

Stand above Bahia Honda State Park and take in a sweeping view from one of the highest points in the Florida Keys: atop the Old Bahia Honda Bridge, built in the early 1900s.
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Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park

Long known for its natural beaches, Bahia Honda State Park has a lot of healing and rebuilding to do after the ravages of Hurricane Irma
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Barrier Island Trail sign

Barrier Island Nature Trail

At Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, the Barrier Island Nature Trail gets you away from the busy beach and into a patch of wilds along a slender barrier island.
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oceanfront at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

With its shores dwarfed at times by the giant cruise ships steaming in and out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park is well-known as a great nearshore dive spot.
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Steinhatchee Falls

Steinhatchee Falls

The widest waterfall in Florida and a scenic stop in the Big Bend, Steinhatchee Falls is both geologically intriguing and an important piece of Florida history.
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Camellia Garden, Dorothy B. Oven Park

Dorothy B. Oven Park

Only seven acres in size, Dorothy B. Oven Park is a Tallahassee city park beloved by locals but little known outside the city, developed on a former nursery established by one of Florida’s earliest camellia growers.
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Recent Articles

C2C sign and bike

Riding the C2C from Mims to Maytown

One of the newest sections of the Coast to Coast Trail (C2C), the 7.5-mile segment between new trailheads at Aurantia and Maytown is one of the most rural segments of paved bike path in the region, with no road crossings.
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Mims Family Meat Market deli

Meaty Mims on the Coast to Coast Trail

A serendipitous stop during a bike ride on the Coast to Coast Trail in Mims leads to a tasty lunch at the Family Meat Market, a local institution just a block from the trail.
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Sandra Friend Lifetime Achievement Award

Sandra Friend receives Lifetime Achievement Award

At the Florida Trail Association (FTA) Annual Meeting on April 7, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida, longtime FTA volunteer, author, trail expert, and FloridaHikes.com publisher Sandra Friend was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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La Chua gators

Alligators Everywhere

In spring, alligators become more active as the days warm up. It’s also mating season, so alligators are on the move. Expect to see them anywhere and everywhere along Florida’s trails.
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Latest Travels

Space Shuttle Atlantis

On a Mission with Space Shuttle Atlantis

Thirty years. Six spacecraft. 135 missions. Learn the rich history of the Space Shuttle program inside Space Shuttle Atlantis, a compelling exhibit space at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, with its primary focus the orbiter Atlantis.
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Sunset Heceta head

Sunset on the Oregon Coast Trail

Capturing a fleeting moment along the Oregon Coast Trail: sunset over the Pacific Ocean at the base of Heceta Head, home of the famed Heceta Head Lighthouse, north of Florence, Oregon
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Foraging for mushrooms in Oregon 

Foraging for fungus in Estacada, Oregon, means immersing in a pastime that locals pursue with a passion.
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