Celebrate National Park Week

April 21 kicks off a week-long nationwide celebration of America's National Parks, starting with fee-free admission on Saturday April 21. Get outdoors and explore Florida's National Parks, your public lands!
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Celebrate National Park Week

Timucuan Preserve

A patchwork of public land on both sides of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Timucuan Preserve encompasses sites of historic, cultural, and ecological interest scattered between Amelia Island and Mayport.
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Timucuan Preserve

Florida Trail, Alaqua

With significant botanical beauty, rugged climbs, and nice campsites, the Alaqua section of the Florida Trail in Eglin Air Force Base is one of the most scenic parts of the trail statewide.
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Florida Trail, Alaqua

Tiger Creek Preserve

Edward Bok called it "The Jungle," this deeply folded landscape between Tiger Creek and Patrick Creek south of Lake Wales now protected as Tiger Creek Preserve. Explore its fascinating ridges and valleys along this 6.3-mile linear hike between its trailheads, one of many hiking options possible.
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Tiger Creek Preserve

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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.

Hillsborough River State Park
Florida Trail, DuPuis to Corbett
Lake Talquin Ravine Trail
CHEC Alligator Creek
Florida Trail, Pruitt
Florida Trail, Pruitt to Ross Prairie
Johnson Pond Trail
Cypress Boardwalk
Maritime Hammock Sanctuary
Oslo Riverfront CA
Flat Island Preserve
Tibet-Butler Preserve

Newest Trails & Parks

View of the Little Manatee River from the trail

Little Manatee River Trail

Scenery, rugged landscape, and botanical diversity are all important factors for a great Florida hike. You'll find that on the 6.5-mile Little Manatee River Hiking Trail, one of our long-time favorites.
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Playalinda Beach, Canaveral National Seashore

Playalinda Beach

At the south end of Canaveral National Seashore, Playalinda Beach is a popular destination for beachgoers along the Space Coast thanks to its natural beaches and views of Kennedy Space Center.
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American Beach

American Beach

Home to the largest dune system on the Atlantic Coast in Florida, American Beach has a rich history as a vacation destination that served the African-American community during the days of segregation in the South.
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Fort Caroline

Timucuan Preserve

A patchwork of public land on both sides of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Timucuan Preserve encompasses sites of historic, cultural, and ecological interest scattered between Amelia Island and Mayport.
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Playalinda Beach

Celebrate National Park Week

April 21 kicks off a week-long nationwide celebration of America's National Parks, starting with fee-free admission on Saturday April 21. Get outdoors and explore Florida's National Parks, your public lands!
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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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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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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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