On November 24, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt set aside a large piece of land east of Ocala for future generations by declaring it the Ocala National Forest, one of the first in the eastern United States. We celebrate its centennial.
Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Enjoy the balmy weather and take a Florida hike! Merry Christmas to all.
Hiker Followed by Panther
Just saw this article via ABC Action News / Tampa regards Florida panther encounters being on the rise throughout the state. They mention one such encounter at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, which has two trails that get you out into panther habitat. A researcher working in an area closed to the public (although …
Juno Dunes Natural Area
While spending the week in Jupiter for meetings, I’m taking whatever free time I can muster to explore places I haven’t hiked before. Juno Dunes Natural Area was acquired when I worked my way through here for “Hikers Guide to the Sunshine State,” but the only trail in place was the one on the beach …
A glimmering monument to recycling and ingenuity, Solomon’s Castle is a quirky work of art. A nature trail leads along the forested edge of Horse Creek.
Sweetbay Natural Area
A quick visit to Sweetbay Natural Area, which has a trailhead along the Beeline north of PGA Boulevard. Wildflowers put on a grand show in the summer months.
Tampa Tribune says Take a Hike
The Tampa Tribune calls out Florida Hikes in the news to encourage you to get outdoors and take a hike this winter season
The Mountains of Florida?
Where in Florida am I? I took this image at sunset today (with the moon rising), and it wasn’t on a hiking trail. However, there are several excellent places to hike within 15 minutes of here, three of which are in one of my 50 Hikes guides. I’m headed out over the next two days …
Time for the Everglades
It’s officially winter in Florida, when thoughts turn to pink flamingos … and Everglades National Park. For the next 90 days or so, it’s prime time to visit this unique wilderness along the tip of Florida’s peninsula. “There are no other Everglades in the world,” wrote Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, advocate for the creation of the …