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

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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Alligators Everywhere

Three Days of Lower Suwannee Springs

Not so busy thanks to their locations on the lower Suwannee River, this series of four major springs provide another 3-day weekend getaway option for active outdoor recreation in Florida
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Three Days of Lower Suwannee Springs

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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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Sombrero Beach

Sombrero Beach

At the southern tip of Marathon, Sombrero Beach offers beachgoers a natural strand and an easy beach walk within sight of the Keys’ largest lighthouse.
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Plantation Hammocks Preserve

Plantation Hammocks Preserve

Adjoining Founders Park on Plantation Key, Plantation Hammocks Preserve showcases some of the Florida Keys most interesting flowers under a generous canopy of well-established tropical trees.
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Key Largo Hammock

Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

A botanical treasure rescued from developers, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park has the highest concentration of National Champion trees in the United States.
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Watson Trail, National Key Deer Refuge

Watson Trail

At National Key Deer Refuge, the Jack C. Watson Wildlife Trail loops through rare pine rocklands and rockland tropical hammock edged by rocky freshwater marshes.
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Mannillo Trail, National Key Deer Refuge

Mannillo Trail

An accessible interpretive trail providing an easy round-trip to a freshwater wetland, the Mannillo Trail gives an overview of the importance of National Key Deer Refuge in protecting both habitat and wildlife in the Lower Keys.
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Blue Hole at National Key Deer Refuge

Blue Hole

For the easiest wildlife watching opportunity inside National Key Deer Refuge, head for the trail and observation deck at Blue Hole, a cenote-like pond that is the largest body of fresh water in the Florida Keys.
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Key deer

National Key Deer Refuge

Established in 1957 to prevent the extinction of the diminutive Key deer, the National Key Deer Refuge spans 84,351 acres across 25 islands in the Lower Keys
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Grove Trail at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Grove Trail

If you’ve ever wondered where Key limes came from, take a walk on the 0.5-mile Grove Trail at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to see of one of the historic groves of Key Largo.
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Wild Tamarind Trail at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Wild Tamarind Trail

Tunneling into the deep shade of the Key Largo Hammock, a tropical forest that once covered most of the uplands of this island, the Wild Tamarind Trail provides you a close-up look at the trees and shrubs that make up this not-so-common forest.
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Mangrove Trail

Mangrove Trail

At John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the Mangrove Trail is an accessible boardwalk that gets you right into the heart of a mangrove tunnel along a tidal creek
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Overseas Heritage Trail

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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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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Bike ride at Orlando Wetlands Park

One of the best ways to explore Orlando Wetlands Park is by bike. You can see a lot more than you do on foot. John recounts his journey around the park on his first bicycle trip in many months.
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