Pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill

Making pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill in De Leon Springs has been a tradition since 1961. But did you know the mill's history? Settle in and flip a flapjack after learning about its roots.
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Pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill

The Florida Keys, Revisited

Nine months after Hurricane Irma, we headed to the Florida Keys to see how both the infrastructure and the natural areas are healing. Here's an overview of what we found, from Key West to Key Largo.
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The Florida Keys, Revisited

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

Spring hopping around Tallahassee

Between Madison and Marianna and across Wakulla County, explore a colorful collection of natural springs for swimming and snorkeling, all within an hour of Tallahassee.
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Spring hopping around Tallahassee

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Florida Trail GuideFlorida is different. Stretching 1,400 miles from the edge of the Everglades to Pensacola Beach, the Florida Trail is one of only 11 National Scenic Trails across America. It starts in a swamp, and ends on a beach. What you’ll see in between will give you a new appreciation for natural Florida.

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Coast to Coast Trail

Stretching more than 250 miles from Titusville to St. Petersburg, the Coast to Coast Trail (C2C) is a network of paved bicycle paths touching on both rural and urban portions of Central Florida.
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Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

With boardwalks and natural footpaths winding amid curated collections against a backdrop of natural Florida Keys habitats, the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is a delightful natural destination.
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Port Bougainville Trail

At Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, enjoy the island’s bounty of National Champion tropical trees from the 2-mile loop of the Port Bougainville Trail.
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Key Largo Hammock

Key Largo Hammock Nature Trail

On the interpretive Key Largo Hammock Nature Trail, tunnel into the largest tropical forest in the United States to enjoy its natural beauty while learning about its unusual trees.
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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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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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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 publisher Sandra Friend was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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