I-Did-A-Hike 10th Anniversary

Join the annual I-Did-A-Hike, a day of hiking on two delightful uplands segments of the Florida Trail March 12 at Gold Head Branch State Park and Camp Blanding.
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I-Did-A-Hike 10th Anniversary

Save Serenova

Accessed via a trailhead along SR 52, the 6,533-acre Serenova Tract of Starkey Wilderness Preserve is the "wild space" to the north of J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey. An effort is underway to try to put a road through the preserve, and locals are fighting against it. Here's what's going on and how you can help.
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Save Serenova

Botanically rich hikes along the Florida Trail

With more than 1,400 miles of hiking statewide, the Florida Trail provides a gateway to grand landscapes for botanical beauty. Here are our top suggestions for fascinating botanical destinations along the Florida Trail.
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Botanically rich hikes along the Florida Trail

Holly Hammock Hiking Trail

A 2.4 mile loop showing off the habitat diversity of Ross Prairie State Forest, this easy hike provides scenic panoramas across the prairie on a mostly shaded trail.
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Holly Hammock Hiking Trail

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THE FLORIDA TRAIL

Florida 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.

Learn about this fantastic statewide resource for backpacking and hiking and join us for a workshop to see what our state's longest trail has to offer and to get your questions answered. We wrote the book!

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Feb 24: 10th annual IDIDAHIKE at Gold Head Branch / Camp Blanding.

Mar 9: How to Hike the Florida Trail, REI Winter Park. 3:30 PM Book signing & 4:30 PM workshop.

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Some of our Favorite Places

A random sampling of some of our favorite trails, parks, and campgrounds across the state of Florida. See the full list here. You can search for outdoor destinations by using our interactive map, or scroll to the bottom of any page to find destinations by region or city.

Johnson Pond Trail
Florida Trail, Seminole Ranch
Angus Gholson Nature Park
Big Shoals Trail
Churchhouse Hammock Trail, Crystal River
Black Hammock Wilderness
Robinson Preserve
Hillsborough River State Park
Florida Trail, Pat's Island to Hidden Pond
Gator Lake Trail
Amid the cypresses north of Loop Road
Bulow Creek Loop

Newest Trails & Parks

Holly Hammock

Holly Hammock Hiking Trail

A 2.4 mile loop showing off the habitat diversity of Ross Prairie State Forest, this easy hike provides scenic panoramas across the prairie on a mostly shaded trail.
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Sunset at Prairie Lakes WMA

Florida Trail, Prairie Lakes Loop

Alternating between moss-draped oak hammocks and the wide open prairies that characterize this part of the state, the Florida Trail loop at Prairie Lakes provides one of Central Florida's oldest and most scenic hiking destinations.
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Yearling Trail

The Yearling Trail

Walk the landscape and discover the history that inspired Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling in 1938, on Pat’s Island in the Ocala National Forest.
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Maritime Hammock Sanctuary

Maritime Hammock Sanctuary

On a 2.8-mile loop trail, Maritime Hammock Sanctuary showcases maritime, or coastal hammock, marshlands, and mangroves along the Indian River Lagoon
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Latest Blogs & News

Hiking through Camp Blanding

I-Did-A-Hike 10th Anniversary

Join the annual I-Did-A-Hike, a day of hiking on two delightful uplands segments of the Florida Trail March 12 at Gold Head Branch State Park and Camp Blanding.
Read More
Hikers at Serenova (courtesy Save Serenova)

Save Serenova

Accessed via a trailhead along SR 52, the 6,533-acre Serenova Tract of Starkey Wilderness Preserve is the "wild space" to the north of J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey. An effort is underway to try to put a road through the preserve, and locals are fighting against it.
Read More
Marshall Swamp

Botanically rich hikes along the Florida Trail

With more than 1,400 miles of hiking statewide, the Florida Trail provides a gateway to grand landscapes for botanical beauty. Here are our top suggestions for fascinating botanical destinations along the Florida Trail.
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Alligators between 2 and 4 years old

Reconnecting with Gatorland

Thanks to an invite to the grand opening of Gatorland's new Stompin' Gator Off-Road Adventure, we learned the story of Gator Joe and reconnected with the nature we so love at this long-time Florida theme park.
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Latest Travels

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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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Aloft

Viewing Earth from 30,000 feet is a humbling experience, yet the miracle of air travel has become routine, a commodity.
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Madison Blue Springs

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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