Safety during deer hunting season

Fall is a fabulous time for hiking in Florida, but you need to be aware that you may be sharing the trails with hunters, too. Here's how to find out where, and where you can go where hunting is not permitted.
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Safety during deer hunting season

Biking around Osteen

Using Beck Ranch Park as our launch point for a cycling adventure in Osteen, we discovered how easy it was to stitch together the local network of bike paths into a pleasant ride, with the Osteen Diner right at hand for lunch.
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Biking around Osteen

Hurricane Michael Closures Updated

The impact of Hurricane Michael will be felt across the Florida Panhandle for months to come. Here’s a roundup of public lands closures and status updates throughout the region.
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Hurricane Michael Closures Updated

The new 50 Hikes in Central Florida

We launched a new full-color edition of 50 Hikes in Central Florida at the National Trails Festival in Deland the first weekend of October. Take a peek inside.
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The new 50 Hikes in Central 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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Safety during deer hunting season

Fall is a fabulous time for hiking in Florida, but you need to be aware that you may be sharing the trails with hunters, too. Here’s how to find out where, and where you can go where hunting is not permitted.
Read More
East Central Regional Rail Trail near Osteen

Biking around Osteen

Using Beck Ranch Park as our launch point for a cycling adventure in Osteen, we discovered how easy it was to stitch together the local network of bike paths into a pleasant ride, with the Osteen Diner right at hand for lunch.
Read More

Hurricane Michael Closures Updated

The impact of Hurricane Michael will be felt across the Florida Panhandle for months to come. Here’s a roundup of public lands closures and status updates throughout the region.
Read More
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The new 50 Hikes in Central Florida

We launched a new full-color edition of 50 Hikes in Central Florida at the National Trails Festival in Deland the first weekend of October. Take a peek inside.
Read More

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